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Old 10-15-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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Florida sales tax on rv

I am a fulltimer and am considering trading in my rv for a newer one. I am looking to establishing residency in Florida for tax purposes but what are the fees that I must pay if I purchase in Florida. I've read about the Montana LLC, South Dakota residency, etc. My heads about to explode.

When I purchased my current vehicle as a resident of New York, I paid over $40,000 just for sales tax! I don't want to do this again.

Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #2
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Well you'll be looking at 6.5-7% sales tax less trade if you go that route. I am familiar with the out-of-state LLC's and if you're willing to administer and defend where your homestead is then maybe that's OK for you. Florida has been favorable tax wise for those that "move" here. It's up to you. I own a few LLC's only to protect what I have. Somethings are worth the cost and hassle, many are not.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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Our county is 7%, but the state sales tax is 6%. Some counties have an add on. You'll only pay tax on the net after trade, not the full purchase price. The other thing to consider are what the tags cost. We just paid our registration for the next year, and the cost was $88.00 for a 38' MH.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:55 AM   #4
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Our county is 7%, but the state sales tax is 6%. Some counties have an add on.


I think you meant to say the state sales tax is 6% and your county's sales tax is 1% for a total of 7%. That's what we have in Lake county.
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I think you meant to say the state sales tax is 6% and your county's sales tax is 1% for a total of 7%. That's what we have in Lake county.
Same here in Highlands County.
Also just got our registration renewal & it is $77.00 for the motor home but $101.00 for the car. Go figure.
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You mentioned LLC's. Here is an article about what happened in Colorado with an Montana LLC. It is quite old now, and maybe outdated, but still worth mentioning.

Residency, can be quite an issue.

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We just paid our registration for the next year, and the cost was $88.00 for a 38' MH.
Hummmm! My FL plates for the MH was $73.25 including the mailing. Car was $58.00 in Dade/Miami county.

State Sales tax 6% and a county extra 1% on up to $5,000 price.
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Florida sales tax is 6%. Some counties have a surtax on top of that, mostly between .5 and 1.5%. Many counties have no surtax. I have my domicile address in Okaloosa county with MyRVMail in Crestview and there is no surtax there.
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I live in Palm Beach County. Ours is 6.5% of the first $5000 and 6% on the remainder. If I remember correctly:(.

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All good info. Florida is fairly gentle on sales tax and really easy on registrations for motorhomes. No personal property tax on vehicles (or anything else that i know of) and no state income tax either. If you can legitimately establish residency in FLorida, it's a pretty good place tax-wise. We've lived there 35 years.
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From what I am gathering here is that I establish residency in Florida and form a Montana LLC for the rv and toad. The way I am planning, the rv purchase could amount to $18,000+ in taxes if I register them in Florida.

Has anyone done this? How is financing for an LLC? Any experience out there?
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From what I am gathering here is that I establish residency in Florida and form a Montana LLC for the rv and toad. The way I am planning, the rv purchase could amount to $18,000+ in taxes if I register them in Florida.

Has anyone done this? How is financing for an LLC? Any experience out there?
When we were able, we had an LLC for the motorhome. Our circumstances changed and legally we could no longer continue to do so. When it was the right thing to do for us, it was a good move financially. We were careful, however, to learn the rules well so we fit them. We did end up with some pretty intense state and IRS scrutiny - not a big problem as we did it right but was still a bit of a nuisance. It would serve you well, IMO, to spend a few bucks and talk with a knowledgeable Florida lawyer, and then contact one of the Montana legal firms that specializes in LLCs for this purpose.

When we were involved, financing and insurance were no big deal. Based on forum comments I have read here and on others, this may have changed by now. Again, IMO, a few phone calls to get the right information would probably be worth your while. The problem with my advice or from others on forums is that it may only be worth what you are paying for it. Good luck.
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So what happens if you live in Florida, buy an RV in Texas and drive it back to Florida and register it in Florida? Which state do you pay sales tax in?
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So what happens if you live in Florida, buy an RV in Texas and drive it back to Florida and register it in Florida? Which state do you pay sales tax in?
If you are going to register it in Florida, you will pay the sales tax in Fla. 6.0 % plus any local option add on tax. Make sure you have a legitimate bill of sale. It will save you hassles at the tag agency when you go to title your motorhome.
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