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CT Sales Tax Exemption on Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Posted by salestax on September 24, 2009

This link is to the Connecticut Informational Publication regarding the Sales and use Tax Exemption for Purchases or Leases of Fuel-Efficient Passenger Motor Vehicles.

The exemption started back in January ’08 and runs through June, 2010. The exemption applies to both new and used motor vehicles whether purchased from a dealer or not. Motorcycles do not qualify, as Connecticut does not consider them to be a passenger motor vehicle. To qualify, the vehicle must get an estimated City OR highway rating of 40 mpg as determined by the USEPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

If you purchase the auto, it is not subject to sales tax. If you lease the auto, only the payments within the given period of allowable exemption will be exempt from sales tax. Therefore, if you have lease payments after June, 2010, those payments will be subject to the sales tax.

The CT publication lists qualifying used autos, Pre-2009 (which starts on page 3) and as old as 1990. A curious observation: U.S. Automakers Chevy and Pontiac had 3 models that qualified in the 90’s and none that qualify since 1999. And we wonder why Foreign automakers have a leg up on us in the auto industry here in the United States. And, that’s all I have to say about that.

Alternatively, 2009 model year autos that meet the 40mpg constriction can be found here:

2010 here:

Or, if you’d like to not muddle through all the fascinating fuel economy information about all cars, you can pick and choose the model year, make and model beginning here:


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