I need to calculate car sales tax.

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Price is not the main factor in determining used car sales tax. Instead, it's your state or county of residence. Tax rates generally differ from county to county. For instance, a resident of Erie County, in western New York, pays an 8.75 percent sales tax rate, while across the state, in Saratoga county, residents there only pay a 7 percent rate.

If you don't know your county's tax rate, or if you're buying out-of-state, you can find out by contacting your county tax revenue office, or if you're buying from a dealership, asking the finance manager. 

If you're buying a new vehicle you'll need to determine the final price. This could be based on three scenarios:

  • Total purchase price
  • Purchase price after trade-in deduction
  • Purchase price after cash incentive deduction.
Once you have the exact car price and county sales tax rate you can then easily determine the tax. Do this by multiplying the price by the tax rate. For example: 12,000 x .07 = $840. Thus, the vehicle's final price would be $12,840.

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