How Are Georgia’s Auto Lease Laws Changing?
How are Georgia’s Auto Lease Laws Changing?
Car leasing in Georgia has changed and is now a bit different than in most other states. Since March 1, 2013 Georgia has a new Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) that applies to all new car purchases and leases — and used car purchases. The tax is paid up-front (or rolled into financing) at the rate of 7.0% of the fair market value of the vehicle, as determined by the Georgia Department of Revenue — or the vehicle selling price, whichever is greater. The rate could go as high as 9.0% in following years.*
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Upon signature by Governor Deal, effective January 1, 2018, TAVT on leased vehicles will be calculated based on the total of lease payments, rather than the full value of the vehicle.
What does HB 340 Mean for You?
Currently if you buy or lease a $20,000 car, you will be assessed $1,400 in TAVT. The TAVT is calculated based on the price of the vehicle, due at signing. The new rules would mean that on a $299/month base lease payment, you would be assessed based on the sum of the lease payments, or $10,764. You have the option to pay this amount, which is $753.48 (instead of $1,400) at signing OR throughout these term of the lease. This means that your amount due at signing could be thousands of dollars less than before the law. Also, on a $20,000 vehicle, the new law means $746.52 in savings. The law became effective on January 1, 2018.
What is TAVT?
TAVT stands for Title Ad Valorem TAX. Motor vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013 and titled in this state are exempt from sales and use tax and annual ad valorem tax, also known as the “birthday tax”. These taxes are replaced by a one-time tax that is imposed on the fair market value of the vehicle called the title ad valorem tax fee (“TAVT”).**