Iowa DOT News Release



Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement arrests suspected felon

Posted on: October 31, 2011

AMES, Iowa – Oct. 31, 2011 – On Oct. 20, investigators with the Iowa Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement arrested William John Moyer in Des Moines on an arrest warrant for six counts of use tax evasion, a Class D felony. A Class D felony is punishable by up to five years in prison and up to $7,500 in fines. 

Moyer is alleged to have evaded paying the one-time registration fee (formerly called motor vehicle use/lease tax) required by law on several vehicles he purchased in Iowa. 

The sale or lease price of a vehicle subject to registration is exempt from sales tax. These vehicles are subject to a one-time registration fee equal to 5 percent of the sale or lease price. This one-time registration fee also applies to vehicles sold between private individuals. These fees are deposited into the Road Use Tax Fund.   

If you suspect someone has failed to report or underreported the amount paid for a motor vehicle, please contact the Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement Office at 866-908-4636 or inmve@dot.iowa.gov.  Any contact can be made anonymously. 

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