I got a nasty letter a couple of weeks ago from the NJ Dept. of the Treasury (Division of Taxation). They demanded to know why the amount of sales tax I paid when I bought my car was so much lower than the amount they're entitled to given their estimation of my car's value. Apparently, they've never heard of a trade in. At any rate, I finally got in touch with a genuine human being today, and she told me that the state of NJ, in its infinite wisdom, is now requiring all people who register a car in NJ to send them documented proof that they've paid enough sales tax. I told her that my dealer had already sent that information to the state when they registered my car. True, she said, but they sent that information to DMV. This is Treasury, and the two apparently don't communicate very well. Has anyone else gotten one of these?
09-17-2012 09:39 PM
Sounds like some total bs typical nj crap
09-17-2012 11:16 PM
never heard of that before.
09-18-2012 08:07 AM
Wow, that is ridiculous. How annoying, making it your burden. Nothing like "guilty until proven innocent".
09-18-2012 08:24 AM
Knock on wood, I haven't received this letter. If I do get one, I will be forwarding (by that I mean, stopping in and handing it to my salesperson) it to my dealership and having them take care of it.
09-18-2012 09:46 AM
Purchased 11 cars in the last 10 years all in Jersey never heard of this..
09-18-2012 01:13 PM
Well, the form I got is on official letterhead and looks legitimate. There was an error on the form--it mentioned used cars--so I called the # on it. It took me 45 minutes to get through to a person. That would be consistent with my previous encounters with the government in NJ. Now, I did buy this car in PA, so it's possible that that had something to do with it. The woman I spoke to didn't seem to think that was relevant. Perhaps she was misinformed. I can't imagine that they'll make everyone who buys a car in NJ do this. They'll have an armed revolution on their hands. At any rate, I finally got in touch with everyone I needed to in order to make this BS go away. I probably wasted 2 - 3 hours overall.
09-18-2012 01:27 PM
It's a small possibility the dealer took the tax amount and pocketed it, instead of forwarding it to NJ.
I have heard of this happening before.
09-18-2012 03:52 PM
The form I got shows how much tax was paid, and it's the correct amount. This is just the NJ bureaucracy doing its thing.