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Old 04-14-2014, 12:56 PM   #1
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Sales tax question

In 4 weeks we pick up our new RV. With a large purchase like this the sales tax can add a bit to the sales price.
We reside full time in New York State but we have a vacation home in PA. I have a NYS drivers license.
Sales tax for us in NY is 8.625% and PA is 6%.
Registerting the RV in PA would save us around $7,000.
I would have to turn my NYS license in to a PA license and register RV in PA. The RV will be kept, when not traveling, both in NY and PA and most of our travels will not be near either state.
I'm concerned about this license change affecting voting in NY or any other tax/residency issues down the road.

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Old 04-14-2014, 02:24 PM   #2
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Registerting the RV in PA for a year and then transfer to NY.

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Remember, because of the Homeland Security issues, most states require a physical address within the state to allow a driver's license and registration in that state. They might also require a certain length of time staying within the state.

I guess if you really want this discount you should look into changing your domicile to Pa. Each state has it's own rules on how to do this. My wife and I did pay the NYS sales tax for our coach, all $17400 of it, then after we both were retired, moved to and changed our domicile to Florida. There was an exact procedure for doing so including a physical address (we initially used a mail forwarding service for this), driver's license, registering to vote, registering the vehicles and declaring our domicile to Florida.

I suspect the requirements will be similar in Pa. You will have to decide if the time and effort are worth the savings.
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