Vehicle rental tax goes into affect in county


January 2, 2008

Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein has publicly released the official rules and regulations governing the newly imposed 2008 Rental Vehicle Tax in Allegheny County. All establishments in the county that rent vehicles are obligated to follow these rules.

On December 4, 2007, Allegheny County Council enacted a $2 per day Rental Vehicle Tax for the county which was signed into law by the chief executive and became effective January 1. Under state law, County Treasurer Weinstein is the tax collector of all taxes levied in Allegheny County and thus responsible for the collection of this new tax which will be collected on a monthly basis.

All vehicle taxes collected in January 2008 must be remitted to the county on or before February 15.

“Under law, all rentals of cars, vans, trucks and trailers for a period of less than 30 days are taxable transactions. Basically, any vehicle that is rented where the customer is the driver is taxable under this law. Currently, there are only a few exceptions to the law; primarily where the vehicle is leased which would not be subject to this tax. Another non taxable example is the renting of a limousine where the driver is provided,” stated Treasurer Weinstein.

The treasurer and his staff have been working on the establishment of a comprehensive set of guidelines governing this new tax. A complete set of the detailed Vehicle Tax Official Rules and Regulations have been mailed to each respective rental agency and car dealer in the county. In addition, the rules are available on the Allegheny County Website at

Questions concerning the Vehicle Beverage Tax should be directed to the Treasurer's Office Special Tax Division at 412-350-4110.


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