DEPARTMENT OF STATE REVENUE
Information Bulletin #47
(Replaces Information Bulletin #47 Dated December 2007)
Effective March 1, 2013
SUBJECT: Auto Rental Excise Tax and Marion County Supplemental Auto Rental Excise Tax
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This bulletin has been changed from the previous version to reflect a tax rate increase from 4% to 6% for the Marion County Supplemental Auto Rental Excise Tax.
I. Auto Rental Excise Tax
An excise tax known as the auto rental excise tax, is imposed on rentals of passenger motor vehicles and trucks for periods of less than 30 days. The rental of a trailer is not subject to this tax. The tax is equal to 4% of the gross retail income received by the retail merchant. The person renting the vehicle is liable for the tax. The retail merchant is required to collect the tax and remit it to the Department of Revenue. The tax must be separately stated from the amount paid for the rental. Trucks which have a declared gross weight of over 11,000 pounds are exempt. The rental of a passenger motor vehicle or truck by a funeral director is exempt from the auto rental excise tax if the rental is part of the services provided by the director for a funeral.
Vehicles rented by entities exempt from the sales tax are not exempt from the auto rental excise tax, or the Marion County Supplemental Auto Rental Excise Tax. Entities that are not exempt include state or local governments (IC 6-2.5-5-16
), and nonprofit organizations (IC 6-2.5-5-25
Example: Mr. X rents a passenger motor vehicle (auto) for 10 days in August and returns the auto; then rents the same auto or another auto for 20 days in September. Both transactions are separate and each is taxable. The rental must be for 30 consecutive days, not 30 total days, in order to be exempt.
A separate return must be filed for each business location. Consolidated reporting is not allowed as each location's tax collections are to be credited to the location's taxing district. A monthly return must be filed even though no tax is due.
II. Marion County Supplemental Auto Rental Excise Tax
Marion County is authorized to impose a supplemental auto rental excise tax on the rental of passenger motor vehicles and trucks in the county for periods of less than thirty (30) days. Effective March 1, 2013, the tax is increased from 4% to 6% of the gross retail income derived from the rental.
Trucks exceeding a gross weight of eleven thousand (11,000) pounds are exempt from the tax. The rental of a passenger motor vehicle or truck by a funeral director is exempt from tax if the rental is part of the services provided by the director for a funeral. The temporary rental of a passenger vehicle or truck is exempt if the rental is made or reimbursed under a contract for mechanical breakdown insurance, automobile collision insurance, or provided while repair work is completed.
The original supplemental auto rental excise tax imposed at two percent (2%) expires on December 31, 2027, unless there are obligations owed by the capital improvement board of managers to the Indiana stadium and convention building authority or any state agency under IC 5-1-17-26
, in which case the tax expires on January 1, 2041. The additional 4% of the 6% tax rate (comprised of two separate 2% increases) expires on January 1, 2041.
The return filed by the retail merchant must separate the amount of taxes collected at each location.
Posted: 04/24/2013 by Legislative Services Agency
Composed: Jan 27,2015 1:52:23PM EST
version of this document.