An Indiana bill calling to exempt out-of-state RV buyers from having to pay a sales tax passed the Senate on Monday (Feb. 6).

Rep. Robert Cherry, R-Greenfield, and Sen. Blake Doriot, R-Syracuse, proposed two separate bills that would waive Indiana sales tax for all out-of-state RV buys who make a purchase in Indiana. Currently, nine states have to pay an out-of-state tax if they buy an RV in Indiana, but this new bill would remove that.

The measure now heads to the Indiana House for consideration.

Ron Breymier, executive director of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, who helped write both bills, said that when the new sales tax rules were first implemented in 2004 Indiana dealers saw sales plummet and quite a few had to close their businesses.

“Many dealers have told us that this has had a significant impact on their dealership,” he said. “Elkhart County used to have 12 or 13 dealerships, but that has fallen to just a couple that were able to survive.”