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Old 08-17-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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MA versus FL full timer 100% DAV

DW wants to declare FL as domocile state . Can get out of paying exise tax on 2010 BUS
FL upside
No income tax
1 free DV auto tag.
FL state ID card for other bennies in fl.

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They charge use tax by weight of vehicle . What would be on motorhome yearly.. 37,000 lbs.?

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$2000 yearly benni for 100% DAV.

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exise tax. graduates down yearly the value of the vehicle.

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Old 08-17-2014, 07:01 PM   #2
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:37 PM   #3
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There is a lot more to your legal domicile than simply declaring it and changing driving license and registration. You start by finding a mail service to use as your address, but you may benefit from reading this article from Escapee's Magazine on choosing a domicile.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:42 AM   #4
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I just moved from Mass to Fl.
Haven't changed MH tags yet, but will before I have to renew in Ma.

I don't want to give that state another nickel of my money to waste.

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Old 08-19-2014, 06:41 AM   #5
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We have homes in FL as well as MI. We discovered that because of that, we can plate vehicles in either state, regardless of domicile. Florida is happy to take your money, doesn't care!

Mi MH plates were 550. Insurance, 650

Fl MH plates 100, Insurance 450.

Seems like kind of a no brainer?


Where I made a mistake was plating a utility trailer in FL. Not expensive, but in MI there is a one time charge of 75.00 for a plate that's good until you sell it! Obviously, not going to take long to make the MI plate the better deal.

Point being, it pays to check first!

The reason we keep Mi domicile is regarding property taxes. Having owned the place there for so long, we'd loose a discounted rate and take a terrific annual beating if changing. Fl's property taxes are cheap when compared to Mi's. It's another brain dead call when you look at the numbers.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:51 AM   #6
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Hmmm...lets see...only "white"stuff you will see is sandy beaches....only ice will be in your drink and heating oil is only a term to get ready to make french fries....and yes...cheaper for rv tags and insurance...and NO property tax......
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Old 08-19-2014, 11:03 AM   #7
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The wife and I have been beating this subject to death for a couple of years now between staying here in Las Vegas or closing out and moving back to Texas. Neither has state income tax, but Nevada's vehicle registration, based upon value is just about through the roof. My estimated registration on the '14 Itasca Sunstar for next year's registration is over $2000.
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Where did you get that "use tax by weight" business? Florida charges use tax on the same basis as sales tax, and if you move into the state with a private vehicle you already own, there is no use or sales tax. Exception: if you have only had it for less than 6 months, it is taxed as new but you get credit for any sales tax already payed to another state.

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We moved from NC, where the PPT just on the coach was $2600.00 then plus,plus,plus! You'll most likely pay less than $1000.00 for your car and coach. Next year price of registration only! Come on down the weathers great.
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