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Extended Warranties:

The sale of extended warranties by automobile dealers on or after July 1, 2018 is subject to the 6% sales tax. The dealers should report the tax collected on the sale of extended warranties on their sales and use tax return (Form 51A102) for the tax period in which the sale occurs.


Guaranteed Auto Protection (GAP) Insurance and Credit Life Insurance:

The sale of GAP insurance and credit life insurance are not subject to sales tax. 


VIN Etching, Paint Protection, and Rustproofing:

Charges for etching identification numbers, paint protection, and rustproofing underbodies of vehicles are subject to tax.

If provided along with the sale of the vehicle, the charges for etching identification numbers, paint protection, and rustproofing are considered part of the total consideration paid for the vehicle. That total consideration is subject to the motor vehicle usage tax that is paid to the local county clerk at the time of titling and/or registration. Nothing in the new law changes the current motor vehicle usage tax valuation. See Kentucky Regulation 103 KAR 44:060 for more information on motor vehicle valuation.

If the etching of identification numbers, paint protection, and rustproofing occur after the sale of the vehicle as a stand-alone transaction, the charges are subject to the 6% sales tax, and the dealers should report the tax collected on their sales and use tax return (Form 51A102) for the tax period in which the sale occurs.

Manufacturer's Warranty (aka Original or Factory Warranty):

The parts used in the repair of tangible personal property under a manufacturer's warranty are not taxable either upon purchase by the repairer or upon their use. Sales tax does not need to be charged for parts used to complete work performed under a manufacturer's warranty. The reason is that the value of those parts is included in the value of the warranty reflected in the original selling price. See Kentucky Regulation 103 KAR 26:060.


Extended Warranty:

Before July 1, 2018, any separate purchase of an extended warranty by a customer is not subject to sales and use tax at the time of the sale. However, the seller or other party providing the extended warranty service must pay sales or use tax on the cost of tangible personal property used to complete the work under the extended warranty.

Beginning July 1, 2018, the sale of extended warranties is subject to sales tax. With this change, the parts used in the repair of tangible personal property under an extended warranty are not taxable either upon purchase by the repairer or at the time of use. Because sales tax applies at the time the extended warranty is sold, the dealer may claim a resale exemption for parts purchased and installed to complete repairs under the extended warranty.

​The 6% Kentucky sales tax on extended warranty services is charged on the initial sale of the extended warranty contract itself.

If sales tax was not paid to the other state on the extended warranty contract purchase, the repairs should be treated like a warranty contract sold prior to July 1, 2018. Sales and use tax is owed on the cost of parts related to any repairs done in Kentucky, but no sales tax is owed on the installation labor.

If sales tax was paid on the extended warranty contract in the other state, then treat the repair the same as if the extended warranty were sold and taxed in Kentucky. In this case, no sales tax is due on the parts or on the installation labor. 

​The customer may receive a refund on a pro-rated amount of the sales tax.  The dealer should claim a returned merchandise deduction on the sales tax form as an offset to the current month's receipts. Please note that the deduction totals cannot exceed total taxable receipts for any return period.

​Dealers should report these receipts on line 1 along with all other gross receipts.

​Dealers need to break out the charges and show the sales price for the extended warranty contract and the applicable sales tax separately for the customer.

​No. For extended warranties sold before July 1, 2018, sales tax is due only on the cost of the parts used to make the repairs, not on the installation labor. 

​No. Because sales tax applies to the extended warranty contract at the point of sale, there is no retail sale to the customer when dealers perform repairs under the extended warranty contract. Handle these repairs in the same fashion as you would handle repairs under a manufacturer's warranty.

Dealers must charge the 6% Kentucky sales tax and remit it when filing their sales tax return for the period in which the sale took place. 

Customers should receive credit in their home state for the 6% sales tax paid to Kentucky if their state also charges sales tax on extended warranties (like OH, TN, and WV). However, if the sales tax rate in the customer's home state is higher than 6%, then the customer would pay their home state the difference between the home state's sales tax rate and the 6% sales tax that was already paid to Kentucky.

​Dealers must charge the 6% Kentucky sales tax on extended warranties sold with vehicles sold in Kentucky regardless of their customer's state of residence.

​Such warranties are part of the total consideration subject to the motor vehicle usage tax and treated like an original manufacturer's warranty.

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