Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.
Show All Answers
Rates for sales and use taxes are the same. Currently, the sales tax rate for the State of Wyoming, as set by the legislature, is 4%. Converse County also has an optional 1% sales tax levied by the county, which makes the sales tax rate in Converse County 5%. Other counties, like Niobrara, have additional capital facilities taxes that can make their rates go as high as 6%. The rate you pay when you purchase a vehicle depends on your place of residency.
If the sales tax is not paid within 60 days, the following charges apply: - a "civil fee" of $25 - interest at 1% per month the payment is overdue, commencing on the 66th day. - at 10 days past the due date, the "civil fees" becomes: $25 or 10%, whichever is higher.
The 60 day period will begin running from the date on the invoice if the vehicle is purchased from a dealer, or the on a bill of sale or when the title was notarized if the vehicle is purchased from an individual.
For example, if a person purchases a vehicle for $20,000, and pays the sales tax on the 76th day, they would pay:Sales Tax (5%) - $1,000Civil Fee (10% of $1,000) - $100Interest (1% of $1,000) - $10Total - $1,110
If the purchase was made out of state, the tax rate will be determined by the purchaser's county residence. Click for more info on out of state purchases. For example, if someone from Converse County; 5% (6% from April 1, 2013 through November 30, 2015); purchases a vehicle in Denver (7%), the purchaser would pay 5% (6% April 1, 2013 to November 30, 2015).
Important: Wyoming law requires that a bill of sale must be presented to pay sales tax when a vehicle is purchased from a dealer. When a vehicle is purchased from an individual, no bill of sale is required.
The amount of sales tax due depends on: - Sales price of the vehicle, and - The applicable sales tax rate.
If you pay 7% sales tax in another state, the State of Wyoming will credit that 7% towards the 5% you owe, and again you will owe no sales or use tax in Wyoming. However, the state will not issue a refund for the additional 2% collected by the other state. If you pay 4% sales tax in another state, Wyoming will credit the 4% towards the 5% owed, and the Treasurer's Office will collect an additional 1% tax.
If you finance the sales tax with your vehicle payment, the auto dealer must remit the entire amount of the sales tax collected before you can register your vehicle. Normally, dealers send it directly to the Treasurer's Office and you receive a receipt in the mail. It is the purchaser's responsibility to ensure that the dealer pays the sales tax to the Treasurer's Office.
The money returned to the cities and counties is based on: - Where the vehicle was purchased, and - The population of the city or county, based on the last federal census.
Counties that have 1% Optional Sales Taxes (like Converse County) or a 1% Capital Facilities Tax keep 100% of the additional 1% collected. For example, if a vehicle is purchased in Casper (4% state + 1% optional) and the sales tax is paid in Converse County (4% state + 1% optional), the Department of Revenue would distribute the 1% to Casper, place two-thirds of the 4% in the State General Fund and distribute the other one-third to Natrona County cities and towns based on the population.
If a vehicle is purchased in Laramie County (4% state + 1% optional + 1% capital facilities) and the sales tax is paid in Converse County, the Department of Revenue would distribute 2% to Casper, place two-thirds of the 4% in the State General Fund and distribute the other one-third of the 4% to Niobara County, cities and towns based on the population.
If a vehicle is purchased in Fremont County (4% state) and the sales tax is paid in Converse County (4% state + 1% option), the Department of Revenue would distribute 1% to Converse County, place two-thirds of the 4% in the State General Fund and distribute the other one-third of the 4% to Fremont County, cities and towns based on population.
Also, a vehicle that is financed at a bank (has a lien on the title) cannot be given as a gift, since vehicle ownership is shared by the title and lien holder. In that case, the person receiving the vehicle would owe sales tax on the amount that it still owed against the vehicle. If you win a vehicle in a raffle, lottery, or anything else, sales tax must either be paid by the group giving away the vehicle or by the winner. If the group giving away the vehicle is a non-profit or tax exempt, they would have no tax liability and neither would the winner. If the group raffling the vehicles is taxable, the tax and license is the responsibility of the winner. The sales tax amount would be based on the "fair market" value of the vehicle, or generally the Blue Book value.
Of course, there are many more. Should you have a question about the applicability of sales tax, contact the Wyoming Department of Revenue.
Important: The Game & Fish Department requires proof that sales tax has been paid on a boat before they will issue a boat registration. Therefore, it is important to keep any receipt that shows sales tax has been paid.
The sales tax rate on a boat is the same for other vehicles or trailers. View a listing of the sales tax rate.