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Tax Exempt Truckers


Tax Exempt Truckers
By Suzanne Roquemore 

Trucking and taxes go hand-in-hand. But trucking companies and owner operators in trucking who have an ICC number or who are leased to a carrier that has an ICC number can save on sales tax in some states.

Some states, like Oregon, Montana and New Hampshire, have no sales tax at all for any retail purchases.

Other states, like Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Pennsylvania, will provide a form to fill out and sign. If a trucking owner operator or the trucking company he is leased to have an ICC number, the owner operator (or trucking company) does not have to pay sales tax in those states for the items bought for their trucks.

Good luck trying to get out of paying sales tax at Wal-Mart, but at the truck stop shop, they’ll know what you’re talking about. Consider that if you are buying a full set of drives you may be paying retail prices in the $3,000 range. At 6% sales tax, you will save $180. That is certainly worth the time to fill out a tax form.

Most retailers in the trucking industry won’t suggest to owner operators that they may be tax exempt. The owner operator will have to ask if the shop or supply store will honor that provision. Tax exemption forms create more paperwork for the retailers, so they tend to keep the uninformed truckers in the dark about it.

An owner operator who wants to save on sales tax would be wise to buy his supplies in one of these states. Whatever state you are in, if you get repairs, maintenance or supplies, always ask if they have a tax exempt form you can fill out. They may or they may not, but it is certainly worth enduring an occasional blank stare in order to double check.

States that should allow tax exempt status in addition to those already mentioned are Kansas, Missouri, and Washington. PDFs for many state sales tax exemption forms can be found online. is the only comprehensive online resource for over 1100 truck weigh stations and scales as well as state DOT weight regulations and policies. Knowledge of the varying policies and the ability to manage or avoid most weigh stations can save truckers thousands of dollars in ticket fines. For further information, contact Suzanne at or view Truck Weigh Station, Scales and State DOT Information at

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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10 Responses to Tax Exempt Truckers. - Post a Comment

  1. Walter D. Cochran

    I need to know if as an owner/operator leased to a carrier am I required by law to submit to them a monthly maintenance report and receipts?

  2. Walter D Cochran

    When leased to a carrier are mandatory uncompensated safety meetings legal ?

  3. Roland Irvin

    I am leased to company with an ICC number. I was recently told that I will have to pay PA state sales tax on parts billed under the company that I am leased to or they (they the company) will charge me the tax. Please clarify. I live in PA and the company is in PA.

  4. Michael C.

    In Florida am I able to register a Canadian Truck/Driver that would be leased to a Florida company?

  5. Richard Reiss

    Thank you in advance! With regards to the ICC number and tax exempt status. Does this tax exempt apply to the purchase or settlement on a total loss? You guy are the best in the industry!

    Thanks again!

    Rich Reiss

    • Allen Smith

      The article was written in 2008, a lot has changed since then. I advise you ask your accountant that question. If you don’t have one, please send me an email.

    • William Edward Miller

      Do I need to pay sales tax in Arizona when buying a CMV and am leased to a carrier with an ICC MC number?

  6. John M Edwards

    In January 2020 I bought a used truck in Texas and leased on with a company in Nebraska. The truck is registered in NE with a NE license plate. I live in Florida. I got a letter from the dealership stating that because of changes in Texas law they must now collect sales tax from customers who are not tax-exempt. I am not a tax-exempt company. I have not owned a truck for about ten years prior to this purchase. Do I owe sales tax/if so, to whom is it due?

  7. ever teran

    do you need to apply for a permit or certificate? or you ask the vendor for a tax exempt form? I’m on Mississippi.

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