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Old 03-20-2016, 10:17 AM   #1
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Has anyone else registered their RV in Florida while living in a different state? We have heard this is possible without owning property in Florida. Can anyone offer some facts?
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Why would you want to register in FL ? seems a lot of people register in Montana because there is no sales taxes . though you do need to set up a llc there and have the unit owned by the llc
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Maybe I was misinformed. I thought the idea was to avoid high property taxes. If the RV is sold here in CT (new), wouldn't we still have to pay sales tax no matter where it's registered?
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There's a lot more to doing this than simply registering in FL. If you're in CT and buy an RV in CT, then I presume you're a CT resident and will pay taxes in CT. To become a FL resident, you can fill out a form to abandon your prior domicile. Search on this and other RV forums for much discussion about legal domicile and residence.
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Not ready to abandon CT just yet. I thought there might be a way to do in Florida what a lot of people are doing in SD. That is, not having an actual residence there. Looks like we may have to use a SD service.
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You can domicile in FL without a residence. Lot's of full timers do it. Do a Google search on "full time rv florida residency". Lot's of info.


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I'm in the process of switching my domicile to Florida since I don't live in the house that I own (I rent it out). I actually have spent a fair amount of time here and will continue to do so this year- but future years will hopefully be much less. I'm doing it from a state income tax perspective (or lack there of).

People do the same thing with Texas and South Dakota- but again, it's a state income tax thing (and partly insurance costs). It has little to nothing to do with avoiding property taxes - that's Montana (and it's legality is seemingly questionable).

In Florida, this mail service helps layout the whole process:
https://www.sbimailservice.com/flori...gistration.htm

In one of their documents, they describe this scenario:
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If your vehicle or boat was purchased less than six months from the date of application you must submit proof of what sales/use tax was paid. If you paid less than the Florida sales/use tax rate then you will be required to pay the difference. In Clay County the tax rate is 7% for vehicles or boats less than $5,000 and 6% + $50 for a vehicle or boat over $5,000.

If your vehicle/vessel was purchased beyond six months from the date of application there is no sales/use tax obligation.
Don't know if that helps or hinders you.

IMO, what you're thinking of is the Montana LLC "loophole".
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Not ready to abandon CT just yet. I thought there might be a way to do in Florida what a lot of people are doing in SD. That is, not having an actual residence there. Looks like we may have to use a SD service.
So, your RV is going to be "garaged" in CT? If so, you're going to have to comply with CT law. Now, if you're full-timing and the RV is not in CT long enough for CT law to kick in, then SD would be okay.
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