State Senator John Proos says that a change to the way that Michigan collects sales taxes on vehicle sales could help the economy. Recently, the Senate approved the plan to stop applying the six percent sales tax to the full value of a new or used vehicle purchase. Instead, the sales or use tax would be applied only to the difference between the price of the car or boat being bought, and the value of a trade in. Proos says that implementing this change would be relief for those making such a transaction.
The measures, known as the “sales tax on the difference” bills, have been praised by dealers who sell cars, trucks and watercraft. The legislation has been sent to the State House for consideration.