RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Richardson's RV wins legal battle over sales tax

Thu Aug 3, 2017

A northern Indiana RV company did not improperly fail to collect and remit sales tax for its out-of-state customers by physically delivering RVs to those customers in Michigan, the Indiana Tax Court ruled Wednesday, finding such sales are not considered to be made in Indiana as matter of law, according to a story by The Indiana Lawyer.

In Richardson’s RV Inc. v. Indiana Department of State Revenue, Middlebury, Indiana-based Richardson’s RV Inc. operated both an RV dealership and a website that allowed out-of-state customers to shop for RVs. If a sale was made online, Richardson’s would require the customer to sign a purchase agreement and send back a deposit, then come to the Indiana dealership to complete the sale, including to sign title documents.

When finalizing sales with customers from states that did not have a reciprocal agreement with Indiana, Richardson’s allowed the customers to decide whether they preferred to pay Indiana’s sales tax or their home state’s sales/use tax. If a customer chose a home-state sales tax, the RV was transferred to them at a location in Michigan, a state without a reciprocal agreement with Indiana.