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Old 04-21-2014, 03:47 PM   #1
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Currently doing a lot of research in regards to buying a MH next year after my Wife retires.
My question is this… We currently live in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho but have a second home (Cabin) in Thompson Falls Montana. If we purchase a MH in Montana or somewhere else could we use our Montana address to register our new MH thus not paying sales tax on the MH.


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To be completely safe, register in the state you are registered to vote in and where your drivers license is from.

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To be completely safe, register in the state you are registered to vote in and where your drivers license is from.
If you plan on changing your residence to Montana then by all means look to the Montana registration. However, if you plan to continue as an Idaho resident, then you need to research the Idaho residency laws and DMV laws to make sure you can meet all the requirements for Idaho and be able to document your compliance with Idaho's laws.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

There's always a lot of discussion on this topic so you're wise to be doing your homework.

You may well "get away with" remaining Idaho residents and registering the coach in Montana... but many states require that all of your vehicles be registered with them so do check and see if Idaho is one of them.

States are getting very aggressive at tracking down lost tax revenue and having Montana plates on an RV stored in Idaho could be a red flag for them.

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It is a "state by state" situation....so you really need to research both Idaho and Montana's laws regarding this. Getting info here is a start, but far from being the final say so.

Seems to me that it would be simple enough to just make your permanent address at your cabin in Montana and then get driver's licenses from Montana. You are allowed to have property in multiple states, but can only be a resident of one.

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While pondering your problem I came up with what may be a solution. Why not have one of you, either your wife or you, become a Montana resident while the other remains an Idaho resident. We run into this situation on a regular basis for one spouse being a resident of one state and the other spouse being a resident of another state. Then you would just title the RV in the name of whichever person is the Montana resident. Before doing this, I would research to see what the taxes would be in each state on your respective incomes to determine which one of you would "move" to Montana. That may be your best and easiest and legal solution all at one time.

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