Do Disabled Veterans Pay Sales Tax on Vehicles in Florida

Florida Sales Tax Exemptions for Veterans

In Florida, disabled veterans may be eligible for a sales tax exemption on the purchase of a vehicle. To qualify, the veteran must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a Florida resident
  • Have a service-connected disability rated at 100%
  • Use the vehicle for personal use

The exemption applies to the sales tax on the purchase price of the vehicle, as well as any accessories or equipment purchased with the vehicle. The exemption does not apply to the title fee, registration fee, or other fees associated with the purchase of the vehicle.

Sales Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans
ItemExemption
Purchase price of the vehicleYes
Accessories and equipment purchased with the vehicleYes
Title feeNo
Registration feeNo
Other fees associated with the purchase of the vehicleNo

To claim the exemption, the veteran must provide the dealer with a copy of their DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) verifying their service-connected disability rating.

Disabled Veteran Benefits for Vehicle Purchases

In Florida, disabled veterans are eligible for several benefits when purchasing vehicles. These benefits include:

  • Exemption from sales tax on the purchase of a new or used vehicle
  • Reimbursement of up to $1,000 for the adaptive equipment installed on a vehicle
  • A disabled veteran license plate, which allows for free parking in designated disabled veteran parking spaces

To be eligible for these benefits, disabled veterans must meet certain criteria. For the sales tax exemption, disabled veterans must have a service-connected disability rating of 50% or more. For the adaptive equipment reimbursement, disabled veterans must have a service-connected disability that requires the use of adaptive equipment to operate a vehicle. For the disabled veteran license plate, disabled veterans must have a service-connected disability that prevents them from walking without assistance.

To apply for these benefits, disabled veterans should contact the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The department will provide disabled veterans with the necessary forms and instructions.

Table 1: Disabled Veteran Vehicle Purchase Benefits
BenefitEligibilityHow to Apply
Sales tax exemptionService-connected disability rating of 50% or moreContact the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Adaptive equipment reimbursementService-connected disability that requires the use of adaptive equipment to operate a vehicleContact the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Disabled veteran license plateService-connected disability that prevents walking without assistanceContact the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Tax Benefits for Military Service Members

Disabled veterans in Florida may be eligible for certain tax benefits, including reduced sales tax on vehicles.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Served in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Have a service-connected disability rated at 50% or more
  • Are a Florida resident

Tax Reduction

Qualified veterans can receive a reduced sales tax rate of 0% on the purchase of a new or used vehicle.

Tax Exemption

In addition to the sales tax reduction, certain veterans may also be eligible for a complete sales tax exemption on the purchase of a vehicle.

Vehicle Eligibility

  • Must be used for personal transportation
  • Cannot be sold or leased within 1 year of purchase

How to Apply

To apply for the sales tax reduction or exemption, disabled veterans should present their Certificate of Disability Discharge Form (DD Form 214) at the time of purchase.

Required Documentation

To qualify for the sales tax reduction or exemption, the following documents are required:

DocumentDescription
Certificate of Disability Discharge Form (DD Form 214)Proof of service and disability rating
Florida Driver’s License or ID CardProof of residency

These benefits can provide significant savings for disabled veterans and help them purchase a reliable vehicle for their transportation needs.

Sales Tax Exemptions for Disabled Veterans in Florida

Disabled veterans in Florida are eligible for various tax exemptions, including sales tax exemptions on vehicles. Here’s an overview of the sales tax laws and exemptions for disabled veterans in Florida:

Sales Tax on Vehicles in Florida

  • Florida has a 6% state sales tax on the purchase of new and used vehicles.
  • Local governments may impose additional sales taxes, ranging from 0.5% to 2.5%, bringing the total sales tax rate to up to 8.5%.
  • Sales tax is calculated on the purchase price of the vehicle, including any dealer preparation fees and other taxable charges.

Sales Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans

Disabled veterans in Florida are exempt from paying sales tax on the purchase of one motor vehicle per year if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Must be a disabled veteran with a 100% permanent and total disability due to a service-connected injury or illness.
  2. Must be a resident of Florida.
  3. Must have a valid Florida driver’s license or identification card.

Steps to Claim the Exemption

  • Provide the dealer with a copy of your DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or other proof of disability.
  • Complete and submit a Disabled Veteran Motor Vehicle Sales Tax Exemption Certificate (Form DR-160) to the dealer.
  • The dealer will adjust the sales tax accordingly.

Sales Tax on Used Vehicles in Florida

The sales tax exemption for disabled veterans also applies to the purchase of a used vehicle.

If you are a disabled veteran, it’s important to be aware of your sales tax exemption and to take the necessary steps to claim it when purchasing a vehicle in Florida.

That’s all there is to it! Disabled veterans in Florida can purchase vehicles sales tax-free, making it easier for them to get around and enjoy life. If you have any more questions, feel free to check out the Florida Department of Revenue website or give them a call. Thanks for reading, and be sure to visit again soon for more great content!