Car tax break minimal in Oregon

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PORTLAND - State transportation officials and auto dealers say Oregon buyers won't save much with the newly announced tax break on new car sales in states with no sales tax.

The economic stimulus package enacted in February makes state and local sales and excise taxes on new cars purchased this year tax deductible. The Obama administration has interpreted the new law to include certain fees charged to new car buyers in six states without sales taxes. The states are Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon.

Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman David House says all that might apply for a deduction here would be title fees, license plates and initial registration. It might add up to a saving of $200 or so per car.

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