Submitted by Kapil on September 1, 2013
Any Model S owners from Illinois here? What did you have to pay for sales tax?
The department of revenue website says that unless the vehicle is purchased from a licensed dealer, the amount of tax due is determined based on the year of the vehicle if older than a certain number of years or the value of the vehicle purchased from a private party. The value tops out at $30,000 with a maximum tax due of $1,500...needless to say, that's a lot lower than what the tax bill would be if regular sales tax was charged.
So, does Tesla qualify as a licensed dealer or is it considered a private party sale? I don't think IL is one of the states that waives sales taxes on EVs.