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Connecticut imposes sales or use tax on the gross purchase price of vehicles registered in Connecticut for the first time, and is payable to the Commissioner of Revenue Services at the time of registration.
On vehicles purchased out of state, and being registered for the first time in Connecticut, credit will be allowed for any sales tax paid to the state where the vehicle was purchased - providing proof of such sales tax payment can be shown.
Out-of-state carriers wishing to purchase vehicles in Connecticut to be registered out-of-state are exempt from paying the sales and use tax only if they have an exemption for such from the Commissioner of Revenue Services.
Sales and use tax does not apply to the sales of and the storage, use or other consumption of commercial trucks, truck-tractors, tractors, semitrailers, or combinations of those vehicles, that have a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds, or that are operated actively and exclusively during the period starting with the purchase and ending one year after the date of purchase for the carriage of interstate freight according to operating authority issued by the FMCSA.
To qualify for the exemption, purchasers of such vehicles must present the retailer a copy of their FMCSA operating authority and a certificate certifying that the vehicle will be operated actively and exclusively for carrying interstate freight. If, during the period starting with the vehicle’s purchase and ending one year after the date of purchase, the vehicle is not used exclusively for interstate freight, the purchaser will be liable for the sales tax.