USAA Sales Tax Payment on Totaled Cars Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

USAA has settled a class action alleging that, when its auto insurance companies calculated Actual Cash Value payment amounts on totaled cars, they sometimes did not properly figure in the sales tax. Actual Cash Value payments are based on the estimated amount it would cost at the time to buy a comparable vehicle, minus any deductibles.

The companies involved in this action are the following:

  • United Services Automobile Association
  • USAA Casualty Insurance Company
  • Garrison Property and Casualty Insurance Company
  • USAA General Indemnity Company
Docket Number:


Company: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

Filing Deadline: November 23, 2017

Class Period: October 17, 2008 to October 15, 2016

Objection Deadline: August 30, 2017

Exclusion Deadline: August 30, 2017

Final Approval Hearing: October 24, 2017

Proof of Purchase:

Yes; information will be checked with defendants’ records.


You may be eligible if:

  • You were insured by one of the companies named under an auto insurance policy;
  • You suffered a covered total loss between October 17, 2008 through October 15, 2016; and
  • You received from the company an Actual Cash Value Payment for the covered total loss.

You may not be eligible if you previously filed a lawsuit for similar claims or gave the company an executed release during the class period. See the Notice for more information on exclusions.

Also, not everyone who received such a payment failed to receive the correct sales tax amount. Plaintiffs’ counsel have calculated that approximately 30% of people who received payments received the correct amount, while approximately 70% did not.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Varies; may be more than $450. Calculated as full ACV sales tax for totaled vehicle; minus the amount of sales tax included in payment; plus an additional 8%.

Total Settlement Amount: $34 million

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Avolio & Hanlon P.C.
Hall & Lampros LLP

Claim Form: USAA Sales Tax Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Bastian et al. v USAA et al.

Settlement Website: USAA Sales Tax Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Dahl Administration, LLC

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

USAA Sales Tax Settlement

c/o Dahl Administration, LLC

P.O Box 3614

Minneapolis, MN 55403-3614 

Tags: Auto Insurance, Incomplete payments of benefits