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Old 05-31-2017, 07:58 PM   #1
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New Mexico Registration loophole?

I was at the Flying J fueling up when a new Class A motor home pulled up to the adjacent pumps. It was a Camping World Salesmen fueling the rig. We started talking sales tax in different states, he mentioned New Mexico is 3% and that anyone can register a vehicle or motorhome in New Mexico using your home address for example South Dakota. So the plate would list my SD address the cost $150.00 per year. Has anyone done it? Just curious.
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Great question. I would certainly be interested in the answer.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:22 PM   #3
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Sounds like it would involve an LLC. Montana and South Dakota both with 0% tax have been doing it for years. It might be the same thing.
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so much for listening to camping world salesman!
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SD and NM charge a similar excise (sales) tax on new purchases in their states. NM is 3% and SD may have gone up to 4% or 4.5%. Neither charges the excise on used vehicles.

NM has clamped down on certain aspects of registration so to register a vehicle in NM you need proof of residency - at least you did when I registered my vehicles in 2015 and again this Spring.

If you want to establish residency here, you might pay less than SD. Just about everything (registration, licensing, taxes, insurance) was less expensive here in NM. Driving a vehicle over 26,000 lbs - no problem, the process is to fill out a document stating that you drive a RV over 26,000 lbs. That's it, no tests written or otherwise.
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SD and NM charge a similar excise (sales) tax on new purchases in their states. NM is 3% and SD may have gone up to 4% or 4.5%. Neither charges the excise on used vehicles.

NM has clamped down on certain aspects of registration so to register a vehicle in NM you need proof of residency - at least you did when I registered my vehicles in 2015 and again this Spring.

If you want to establish residency here, you might pay less than SD. Just about everything (registration, licensing, taxes, insurance) was less expensive here in NM. Driving a vehicle over 26,000 lbs - no problem, the process is to fill out a document stating that you drive a RV over 26,000 lbs. That's it, no tests written or otherwise.
Thanks for the information.
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Look into Montana LLC. $800 to register and around $350 per year after that. Our next coach will be that method 49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana/rv-llc
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Look into Montana LLC. $800 to register and around $350 per year after that. Our next coach will be that method 49dollarmontanaregisteredagent.com/montana/rv-llc
Yes we have had a Montana LLC for 7 years now works great for full time folks. I was just curious because I have heard the New Mexico registration thing twice now...thanks
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Don't most states adopt the policy: If you live here more than 6 months per year, this is your state of residence? You owe us sales/registration tax on the MH. In my home state of Delaware, there is no sales tax. However, vehicle registration "fee" is 3.5%. Don't accept hearsay advice on this as you could wind up paying twice! An LLC may be an entirely different situation, but again, seek competent advice.
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With an LLC the entity owns it so let's say X state is cracking down on out of state registration and it did a search in Montana the owners name will not show up. The LLC's name and the registered agents would show up. You live in Delaware, I have two LLC's in Delaware and if you look them up the only name listed is the registered agents. Now let's look at a worst case scenario, let's say X state sees a $400k motorhome parked and says where are my taxes? Technically its not yours its owned by a corporation, its hard to pierce the corporate veil. Let's all agree its not 100% secure but if a person simply registering a coach out of state is a 50-50 chance of having an issue then a secure LLC is 95%. I personally will have a Delaware holding LLC own the Montana LLC.
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