Does anyone know what the sales tax would be on the Model S? (%) I think technically we are purchasing the car directly from the factory in CA. I'm in IL - not sure how the sales tax is handled since the car won't be purchased in IL.
Electricblue, I believe the sales tax of your local area where your Model S will reside is calculated. You are not responsible for CA sales tax if you don't live in CA. Check with your closes TM store to confirm.
Correct, you would not pay sales tax in CA. You will pay sales tax when you register the car in your state of residence.
In the state of Washington, EVs are exempt from sales tax, by legislation.
If you pick up at the factory, I think you get to pay both CA and home state sales tax. A double contribution to the General Welfare! You should feel privileged.
(CA doesn't exempt out-of-state buyers. If you're accessible, you're taxable!)
If I register a car out of New York State, pay those taxes, then bring the car back to New York, I get a credit on the sales tax I paid to the other state, and pay the difference to New York. (I've never had to worry that the other state's tax was higher.)
Also in Washington state:
The state sales and use taxes do not apply to EV batteries; labor and services for installing, repairing, altering, or improving EV batteries and EV infrastructure; and the sale of property used for EV infrastructure.
EV infrastructure means all your labor and materials for your charging setup is tax exempt, too. There's a simple formyou need to fill out and sign and give to your electrician.