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Old 03-19-2006, 01:11 PM   #1
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I'm still looking for my motorhome. I haven't been able to find an Allegro Bay 36LB I think I might like. One of the things that just occurred to me is taxes on motorhomes. I'm aware of the second domicile aspect in figuring income taxes. What I'm wondering about is yearly state taxes. After the original sales tax hit, what kind of yearly tax will I face in Tennessee? Anybody out there from Tennessee that might have a comment? Also, I'm looking at moving to Mississippi in the next year or so. I know that Mississippi has a heck of a car license price. What about motorhomes?
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Old 03-19-2006, 01:11 PM   #2
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I'm still looking for my motorhome. I haven't been able to find an Allegro Bay 36LB I think I might like. One of the things that just occurred to me is taxes on motorhomes. I'm aware of the second domicile aspect in figuring income taxes. What I'm wondering about is yearly state taxes. After the original sales tax hit, what kind of yearly tax will I face in Tennessee? Anybody out there from Tennessee that might have a comment? Also, I'm looking at moving to Mississippi in the next year or so. I know that Mississippi has a heck of a car license price. What about motorhomes?
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Old 03-19-2006, 05:11 PM   #3
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If the license fee is based on vehicle value, motorhome fees will be extremely high. Unfortunately for motorhome owners, that is a fairly common method of establishing vehicle license fees.

I can't speak directly to the question about MS or TN vehicle licensing fees or other taxes which may apply. Some states levy personal propert taxes against privately owner vehicles and that can be very expensive as well. I'm just glad to live in FLorida, which does neither of those expensive things!
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:33 AM   #4
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I don't know about those states but Alabama's is high on motorhomes taxing them at 20% while private passenger vehicles are only 15%. One Alabama legislator is currently supporting two bills SB3 and SB10 to reduce property tax accessment on motorhomes.
I don't think Tennessee assesses any property tax on them since I know some RV owners who live near the line and buy their tags there.
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Old 03-21-2006, 08:08 PM   #5
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I just moved from Florida to Tennessee. Registered the MH and since I had paid the sales tax in Florida nothing was due in Tennessee and all I had was the tags and it was around 24 dollars for a year.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:09 AM   #6
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This site might be of help to you and others about taxes in the various states. I don't know how up to date it is, but will give you some idea at least.

http://retirementliving.com/RLtaxes.html

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Old 03-22-2006, 09:30 AM   #7
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I've been licensing my motorhome and car in Tennessee for 6 years. All I pay is $24.00 each no tax whatsoever. We're fulltimers so we don't own house or property.

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i live here in south ms. and all i can say is if you bring a new pusher to this state, you better bring a big bag of money with you. the tags and sales tax start at new and gradualy goes down until it's 10 years old. i dont know about a moterhome, but an 06 ford dually tag is 700.00 yearly and goes down from there. just renewed the tag on 03 5th wheel last week. 200.00 this is the highest tax based state i've ever seen. the only good thing is that you dont have to pay property tax. dave.
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My suggestion is to call the DMV. They will be able to tell you more precise cost of licensing in the state.
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Hi! I live in Tn. just bought our 1st MH. The sales tax is 9.75% here, that is the only tax we paid. The dealer told us the tags were cheaper than our auto tags but when we went to buy tags in Cheatham county, they said tags were the same price as auto, which in our county was $75.00. It depends on which county you live in, as to how much tags run. The cheapest county is $25.00 in Marion county, the most expensive is $107.00 Shelby county. Hope that helps.
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Old 03-26-2006, 03:03 PM   #11
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mottybri, I don't know what info the dealer told you; but, here inCumberland County we pay $24 on either MH or car. In dec. '05 we bought a 20' enclosed triler to pull behind the MH and we had 3 options: if we were not going to use it commercially TN did not require ANY plate. However, we felt that that was not practical as crossing state lines we may have had to prove ownership anytime we were stopped -which we probably would have been w/o a plate on it. Secondly, like our bcar and MH we could have opted for an annual plate of $24/yera. The third option which we chose was to buy a LIFETIME plate for $75 and we are ond with it as long as we own the trailer. As to general sales tax which varies by county, and Cumberland opts for the max of 9.75%; however, on motor vehicles including our '04 MH and '05 trailer that were purchased while we were residents of TN the max. sales tax statewide is 7%. When we moved to TN in Aug.'03 we already owned an'02 MH and a '99 Blazer and no TN sales tax was due. You owns it before y'all gits here no TN tax. You buys it after becoming a resident youse gonna pay dem 7%, Ken Crossvile, TN....
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by mottybri:The cheapest county is $25.00 in Marion county... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Marion Co charged $24 renewal fee (2005 former resident)... Bradley County has a 2006 renewal fee of $24 + $2 county fee for a total of $26 (current "resident" with Mail Call USA mail forwarding service). Most of the counties in TN are at the lower end of the rates. Only counties with the "big" cities tend to have the higher prices. Hamilton County (Chattanooga) also has an "emissions test" fee added to the tag fees. You do not pay the state sales tax on motor vehicles. In TN you do not need to tag a boat trailer (the boat it self is registered), a camper trailer (Fold Down/Pop-up), farm trailer (owned by farmer and used for agricultural purposes or hauling livestock between farm and market), horse trailer, or non-commercial utility. If the trailer is under 8ft wide and less than 20ft long (not counting tongue) you can buy a Trailer E or Semi Tag if you want. If over 8ft wide and 20ft long you have to purchase a Semi Tag. Needless to say, our pop-up and little cargo trailer aren't tagged and we have dragged them thru several states. I also carry a copy of the "TN Trailer Registration Requirements" (search for this and you can open a .pdf download from www.countyclearkanytime.com).
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