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Unfortunately, you were subject to the tax and had to pay it. Louisiana assesses a 4% state use tax on all motor vehicles that are brought into the state by new residents. In addition, the individual parishes can assess a 1% to 5.5% tax on top of this. The State of Louisiana allows a credit of up to 4% for taxes paid to other states if that other state allows a similar credit for Louisiana residents who move to that state.
Unfortunately, Indiana allows no such credit or exemption. The Indiana law states that, absent a statutory exemption, all sales of motor vehicles and trailers purchased in Indiana are subject to Indiana sales and use tax. This includes sales where the purchaser intends to immediately register, license and/or title the motor vehicle or trailer for use in another state.
So, since Indiana allows absolutely no credits for anyone, then Louisiana will not give you the credit either.
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