I've got "news" for you, Maviglio, it's just not the taxes that cause Californians to move from the Golden State. It's a lot more than that. Sacramento has become the enemy of jobs, fun and independence. Think about it.
I asked the realtor showing me around why she was driving an 8 year old vehicle, she told me what the annual license fees were. 10X what I pay for a car half the age.
After looking into the other non-tax "taxes", I decided to stay in TX. To live there, at the same lifestyle I enjoy now, I would have needed a 100% pay increase.
No, no, no! The rich don't pay taxes! Didn't you know? (/sarcasm)
Nevada charges a Registration Fee, a Governmental Services Tax and, in some counties, a Supplemental Governmental Services Tax. The basic Registration Fee for passenger cars, trucks and motorcycles under 6,000 pounds is $33.00. Trailers under 1,000 pounds are $12.00. There are graduated scales based on weight for larger vehicles.
The annual amount of the Governmental Services Tax is 4 cents on each $1.00 of the DMV valuation of the vehicle. Governmental Services Taxes fund local governments and school districts.
The DMV valuation of a vehicle is 35% of the depreciated MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price). The MSRP is depreciated 15% after the first year and 10% per year thereafter. There is a minimum valuation of 5% of MSRP and a minimum Governmental Services Tax of $6.00. MSRP is set when the vehicle is new and will not change over time.
Supplemental Governmental Services Tax is 1 cent on each $1.00 of valuation. This is a voter-approved tax used for highway construction in the counties which charge it: currently Clark, Washoe and Churchill. There are other factors which determine the final cost of registering a vehicle. The fee for a Nevada title is $20 and there are small charges for items such as license plates. Sales taxes ranging from 5% to 7.25% are charged on vehicle purchases. Sales taxes are paid to Nevada dealers on dealer sales. DMV collects sales taxes on private party sales.
Sample Governmental Services Tax Calculation
Vehicle 1 year old with an original Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price of $12,500.
$12,500.00 x .85 Vehicle MSRP depreciated 15% after first year $10,625.00 x .35 DMV valuation is 35% of depreciated MSRP $3,718.75 x .04 Governmental services tax is 4% of valuation $148.75
Governmental services tax will be $149 after rounding.
That adds up to $182 for a one year old, subcompact car. It also adds up to $628 for a one year old, $50,000 SUV.