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Old 11-05-2013, 04:46 AM   #1
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Full-timers - Best state for residency?

Any suggestions concerning which state is best for establishing residency for full-timers is appreciated. Just purchased a Cedar Creek Silverback 33RL and getting ready to start our F/T adventures. Currently live in SC but we have income and personal property taxes here. Thanks!

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Old 11-05-2013, 05:03 AM   #2
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No income or personal property tax in Tennessee. Also no income tax in Texas or Florida.

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Old 11-05-2013, 08:43 AM   #3
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Do not forget that in FL and very likely in the other states there is still FEDERAL INCOME TAX, just no state income tax. It sure helps but IRS still wants some $$.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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Reading on the Escapees forum, South Dakota seems to be the state of choice. Besides the tax situation, you have to think about a permanent address for banking and travel (TSA) purposes. It is possible to have a premanent mailing address provided by any of several mail service companies in SD. In addition, the requirements are simple for getting a South Dakota driver's license.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:21 PM   #5
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The complete list of states with no state income tax is:

1. Alaska
2. Florida
3. Nevada
4. South Dakota
5. Texas
6. Washington
7. Wyoming
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:28 PM   #6
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we have friends that became full-timers and were Californians.
the husband is a research fiend and decided that South Dakota offered the most for establishing residency.
they went straight there after getting their 5th wheel and stayed for two weeks to establish residency. after that, they left and haven't been back for two years now.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:45 PM   #7
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From the research i have done, i have found that Texas, South Dakota, and Florida, are the most popular. It seems that the insurance rates are lower in South Dakota. Make sure you do plenty of research on mail service companys, insurance, vehicle registration and, taxes. Have fun and Happy Full timing!!
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:50 PM   #8
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If you have a concern regarding health insurance, SD may not be a good choice. I just read, on the Excapee's website, that SD has only three health insurance companies that sell health insurance and they don't sell to people who travel out of their state for three months or more. I would look into that before I ruled out Texas or Florida. Thoes idems listed as a plus for SD are available in TX and FL and are just as easy to obtain.
It is my understanding that you must go back to SD to renew your driver license every four year? In Texas that can be delayed for a twelve year period, renew for six years and then you can renew online six years later. The next renewal six years later must be in person, total 12 years before you must go back. TX does have an inspection on your RV but that is delayed untill you return to TX. Good Luck
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:56 PM   #9
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I'm not a tax expert, but I would think if you have income and property in SC there would not be any advantage to establishing residency in another state. I would think the property tax liability exist no matter where you reside. The income is something else all together.

I know this idea is way out there, but I expect, based on how revenue starved most of the states are, that some time in the future they will put something like a RFID tag on the RV and charge you for everyday you spend in each state.

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Old 11-12-2013, 10:07 AM   #10
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You don't need to be a tax expert to know that if you have income in SC, you will have to pay their state income tax. If I were you I would go to the Excapees website because their members are more likely to be fulltimers and there is excellent posts regarding states that are good for fulltimers. Good Luck

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