SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 9, February 28, 2013

Connecticut Reintroduces Bill to Increase Property Taxes on Antique/Rare/Special Interest Motor Vehicles

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Legislation to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles” or “modified antique motor vehicles” has been reintroduced in the Connecticut State Legislature. Under the bill, vehicles seeking registration as antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles or as modified antique motor vehicles would be required to be at least 30 years old. Currently, vehicles 20 years old or older are eligible for this status and special license plates. 

For the purpose of property taxes, the bill also increases the maximum assessment of these vehicles from $500 to $2,500. The measure, which SEMA is opposing, makes no provision for “grandfathering” existing antique, rare or special-interest motor vehicles or modified antique motor vehicles that are 20–30 years old and allowing them to retain their current registration status. 

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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