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Old 08-22-2015, 08:34 PM   #15
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I'm relatively certain you got lucky because WA calls it "use tax". While it's really the same as a sales tax, FL is matching the "letter" of the tax name, not the "spirit."
I'm going to correct something I said... While the whole sales vs personal property tax thing can apply, the FL DOR pointed out the reason you got to wait to pay your taxes - your rate is above 6%. If it was 6% or below, you would have paid it. Yeah, not thinking NW tax rates are something I would like to have!

http://dor.myflorida.com/Forms_libra...t/gt800030.pdf

(This talks dealers, but local tax collector follows same rules - dealers act as agents)

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Here are examples of motor vehicle sales that are partially exempt from sales and use tax:
- If a Florida dealer sells a motor vehicle to a resident of another state that imposes a sales tax of less than six percent and the buyer takes possession of the vehicle in Florida, the buyer’s home state tax rate may be applied to the sale. Other restrictions may apply.
- In order to be eligible for the lower tax rate, the buyer must give the dealer a completed, notarized Affidavit for Partial Exemption of Motor Vehicle Sold for Licensing in Another State (Form DR-123). The dealer must keep the affidavit for three years.
Example #1: Residents of North Carolina sign the affidavit and pay no sales tax because their state has no sales tax on motor vehicles.
Example #2: Residents of Alabama sign the affidavit and pay two percent (2%) sales tax because Alabama has a two percent sales tax rate on motor vehicles.
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Old 08-22-2015, 10:53 PM   #16
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We bought our rig about 18 mos ago from a private party. Tried to get a temp tag from Florida DMV and was told that we had to pay the tax first. Any over or underpayment would be handled by Calif DMV when I registered it there. They also took the plates since they are the property of the owner not the vehicle.
Knowing how Cal DMV likes to screw things up, and hearing Florida wasn't much different, I declined, got my insurance on it, and drove it cross country home.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:21 AM   #17
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When we bought our truck and 5th Wheel in FL, we FedEx the papers to a relative, paid the SD tax and registration (3percent) for new vehicles, they sent the plate and registration back. Time lapse was about 10 days. No need for a temp.
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Old 08-23-2015, 10:52 AM   #18
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Man you guys make me happy I live in NH. When we bought our new Tiffin in February, in Florida, we signed a waiver not to pay any Florida taxes but responsible for them in NH if due. Fortunately we have no sales or such sales taxes, but we make up for it when registering it, and I mean dearly. My temp plates ran out in March and I got new ones in May to come home. Never did put them on.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:11 PM   #19
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Will the dealer deliver it out of state? Met a couple who bought a MH in CA. To avoid paying the CA tax the dealer delivered it to them in AZ.

Not sure what they did after that but they claim no CA tax was paid.
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Will the dealer deliver it out of state? Met a couple who bought a MH in CA. To avoid paying the CA tax the dealer delivered it to them in AZ.

Not sure what they did after that but they claim no CA tax was paid.
Actually if they were CA residents but they planned to stay out of CA for a year and a day they could even register it in CA and pay no sales tax and it's all totally legal. If they lived in another state they would pay when they got there.
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The question is answered on the Florida DMV's website:
Temporary Tag | FL-DHSMV Answers

Temporary tag fee, proof of insurance, AND sales/use tax at the rate charged by your home state.
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When we were looking we found a coach in Tennessee. Got all the information and went to our local dmv for a temp plate.took the plate with us but found that the seller had exaggerated a little on the condition of his coach and backed out.Threw the ten dollar plate away and continued shopping.
Found a similar unit at a dealership in Florida where they got a temp plate for our trip home.
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Someone raised the question of "use tax" vs "sales tax". "Use" tax is a tax collected on a newly acquired product other than by the seller at time of sale. It is usually assessed at the same rate as the sales tax, but that's up to the state legislature that enacts the tax. If you buy a taxable item from a seller that does not collect sales tax in behalf of your state, then you will owe the state a "use tax" when you bring that product into the state for your personal use. The distinction is a legal technicality on where & how the tax is collected. For the buyer, the difference is academic.

Use tax can be collected at any convenient time & place after the sale. Usually the state tag office collects it on vehicles unless you can show either sales or use tax was already paid. Most states will also credit any amount paid to another state as sales tax on that item, but rules vary by state. A very few states do not give credit for another states taxes, so you could end up being taxed twice if you aren't careful.
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