(Note: This question is not about sales tax.)
We paid the Registration on our van last November, which includes property/usage tax. This month we turned over the vehicle to the dealer from whom we bought another vehicle. Now we got a notice from the county clerk that we have to pay the property/usage tax AGAIN. I can't get a clear answer from anyone at the county clerk's office. Is that because even though the Registration was Nov '15 - Nov '16, the property tax was for a calendar year? Kentucky's fiscal year run July 1 - June 30 so it was the same fiscal year. One other explanation is that property taxes on vehicles are collected in arrears, i.e. at the end of the period that they are due, but that seems unlikely and I can't find anything on the web that indicates that is the case.
If someone else buys the vehicle and registers it in Kentucky and also pays the property tax then that is double taxation, and I don't mean two different taxes or one tax on two different objects, I mean the SAME tax on the SAME object. I understand that the vehicle may end up out of state or junked but I doubt that if it IS registered again in Kentucky and the new owner pays property tax on it, that the state will give me back my money.