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Old 01-18-2015, 11:53 AM   #1
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While looking to purchase an RV at the Tampa show this weekend, we spoke with a rep from Americas Mailbox. Their add stated that the sales tax on our RV purchase would be 3% through them (SD) as compared to 6% here in FL. They also provide full timers insurance, title/tag, and extended warranties. In addition to the other benefits, the 3% savings would be significant savings and we are considering. Any thoughts?

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Old 01-18-2015, 12:06 PM   #2
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Her is a lot of reading https://www.google.com/search?q=llc&...+site:irv2.com on this subject........If it works for you, and the laws that apply are followed, and if maybe, to be the easiest, you are going to full time.......Form a LLC, and "No sales tax" is paid...........There are a sales tax free state's, enjoy reading and hope this helps you out.......and again .....Welcome here!

More reading http://www.rv-dreams.com/montana-llcs.html

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Old 01-18-2015, 12:08 PM   #3
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You really should do a search of the forums for information on this option. There are literally hundreds of posts on this subject. There are many, many factors that have to be taken into consideration before considering this alternative. In CA it does not matter if you register it in CA, you have to take delivery out of state and prove to the tax folks that you intended to use it out of state (for at least a year with receipts of usage). Other states vary. Be very careful of choosing this option. Penalties can be onerous.

But, a search of existing information on this subject is your best option.
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Are you full timers? Is the RV going to be garaged in FL? Look up the 100s of posts about tax avoidance.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:34 PM   #5
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Americas Mailbox is in SD. For the 3% sales tax, you must be a SD resident and license the vehicle in SD
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:42 PM   #6
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Whenever you are looking to register a vehicle, you have to look at what your state of residency is and what the laws are for your state. If you live in state A and you want to register the RV in state B, you would be well served to find out exactly what your state's residency laws are and whether or not you can comply with those laws and can you document your compliance with your state's laws. Residency issues are very complex and can be difficult to prove and remember the burden of proof is on the taxpayer.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:53 PM   #7
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Are you a full-time RVer? If you need a domicile then switch everything to South Dakota including address, driver's license, etc. and you're good to go. America's Mailbox is very popular with full-timers.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:56 PM   #8
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Look at all factors before deciding on Domicile. Yes SD may have a lower sales tax rate, but I hear there are some insurance problems there unless you are on Medicare. Check all factors before deciding.
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:52 AM   #9
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Most states when you register your new motor home ... Any difference between the state of purchase tax and your state will be collected by DMV so when the salesman yammers about lower tax... Ignore him.

Some folks will register a Motorhome in another state to avoid sales tax.. And some states are going after them and trust me that is costly.

The state will collect several times what the tax cheat saved.

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Old 01-19-2015, 05:45 PM   #10
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Good advice so far here. America's Mailbox and South Dakota are fine - they will do as promised. Whether you still owe your current home state it's taxes and fees is an entirely different question and depend on several factors. If you still keep the motorhome in your current home state and merely title it elsewhere to pay a lower sales tax, you almost surely will be guilty of tax evasion under your state laws. Whether you would get caught at it is anybody's guess.
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My take is that if you live in Florida, plan to stay in Florida, then bite the bullet and pay the tax.
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use tax is use tax and I always pay what is asked by the state I live in. They have strange ways of finding out if you are a violator and the mess is worse than bees and honey. If you are to stay in FL then pay the tax.

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