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A state sales tax is levied by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with some local taxes additional. The tax is levied on the sale and use in the state of tangible personal property, unless specifically exempt. Retail sales of motor vehicles, trailers or semitrailers to non-residents are exempt from the sales tax.
Pennsylvania allows credit for sales tax paid to another jurisdiction if that state grants similar credit to Pennsylvania residents for payment of tax.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will not issue a certificate of title for a motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer unless evidence is provided that the sales or use tax has been paid on the vehicle. If tax has not been paid, proper evidence that the tax is not due must be provided to the DOT before a title will be issued.