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Old 08-30-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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Moving to Maine and dont want to register mh there

We have been full timing for the past 7 years and are going to buy a condo in Wells, Maine. My wife loves Maine and wants to live there. Not my first choice!

I understand Maine has property tax on vehicles like this. Something like 2 or 3 thousand dollars per year. Terrible!

I am currently registered in South Dakota. So, how can I have this condo and not register the mh in Maine? Should I say my condo is not primary residence and keep my my Id and registration? Can I register the mh in Fl wih a local mail box set up? Could I register if in nh or vt and store the rig outside of Maine?

Any thoughts are welcome. What some of you guys done?

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We have been full timing for the past 7 years and are going to buy a condo in Wells, Maine. My wife loves Maine and wants to live there. Not my first choice!

I understand Maine has property tax on vehicles like this. Something like 2 or 3 thousand dollars per year. Terrible!

I am currently registered in South Dakota. So, how can I have this condo and not register the mh in Maine? Should I say my condo is not primary residence and keep my my Id and registration? Can I register the mh in Fl wih a local mail box set up? Could I register if in nh or vt and store the rig outside of Maine?

Any thoughts are welcome. What some of you guys done?

Thanks.

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I'm not 100% sure, but my gut reaction is that you are proposing something possibly illegal. With or without a stick & brick residence, I was under the impression that we all have to pick a single state in which to declare domicile, and pay the taxes required by that state.
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I currently am a resident of South Dakota. Have vehicles registered there. Sd license. Bought a car in Connecticut and paid 3% Sd sales tax.


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Your wife loves the MA winters?
And would rather be there then Florida in the winter?

Buy a RV lot in Florida or use a mail forwarding and use FL. for your primary residence.
Driver license/plates/insurance etc.
And MA for your summer vacation residence.
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If you can do it by owning a lot, buy the lot in South Dakota or Montana. Much cheaper property than Florida.
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Most states have defined what it takes to be a resident of that state. In Az, if you live here for more than 6 months, you are a resident and must register as such. Research what the Maine requirements are and just make sure you don't meet them.
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Do a search here on on the other RV website for "legal residence," "residence,", or "domicile" and you'll have a plethora of info to read and digest. Bottom line: tax evasion is illegal; tax avoidance is generally legal, but may be illegal. Since many states are strapped for cash, finding tax cheats has become big business for them.
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You need to check the laws in maine.

In illinois, a motor vehicle (class a motorhome) can be parked in the state for 30 days before it must wear illinos plates and pay any applicable taxes....

Perhaps if your SD LLC bought the maine property?
But i'm a lil gunshy on this, having been recently caught by illinois revenuers, and having to pay many thousands in Sales tax....
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We "live" in NY state most of the time, but we "garage" the RV in Florida at my sister-in-laws, so it is registered there. Just happens to have a lower tax rate, regisrtation fee, and no annual inspection in FL.
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Your wife loves the MA winters?
And would rather be there then Florida in the winter?

Buy a RV lot in Florida or use a mail forwarding and use FL. for your primary residence.
Driver license/plates/insurance etc.
And MA for your summer vacation residence.

I think you meant Me. not Ma.

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We have been full timing for the past 7 years and are going to buy a condo in Wells, Maine. My wife loves Maine and wants to live there. Not my first choice!

I understand Maine has property tax on vehicles like this. Something like 2 or 3 thousand dollars per year. Terrible!

I am currently registered in South Dakota. So, how can I have this condo and not register the mh in Maine? Should I say my condo is not primary residence and keep my my Id and registration? Can I register the mh in Fl wih a local mail box set up? Could I register if in nh or vt and store the rig outside of Maine?

Any thoughts are welcome. What some of you guys done?

Thanks.

Steve
You might want to check the back side of the Maine State Vehicle Sales tax form that lists the exemptions and requirements. You can get one on line or at any town office.
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Have you considered a divorce?
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Some states pay rewards to people who turn in privately owned out of state vehicles parked in their state long enough to establish residency and accoutability to pay state and local taxes. They turn you in and get a reward and you get to pay the taxes and a fine.

Some states loose millions in taxes due to people playing this shell game. They have to balance the budget somehow, property tax, income tax, sales tax, luxuery tax, etc. If one is tax is higher than in other states the others taxes are generally lower or non-existant. Enough people cheat them and they will start task forces to go after them or change the rates for the other taxes or institute new ones.

Remember Maxwells law of the price tag - "Sooner or later you will have to pay it and the later you pay it the more it is going to cost you"
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