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Old 03-13-2014, 01:02 PM   #43
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Because many small-minded, short-sighted people would only check boxes that only directly affect THEM and not look out for the nation as a whole. Kentucky might not approve of the Navy, since they are a land-locked state. Virginia would since they have sea coast and have a number of Navy bases. That is a simple explanation, but any more in depth and I'd be 'dinged' for being political!!
You are correct but didn't go far enough. Some would not fund police or fire departments, others would not want trash service and burn it their back yard, or their water purified, or street lights, or drainage systems in their neighborhood. There are some who would not check boxes that are clearly for the common good. To them there is no common good and someone else sgould pay for everything. Yet If we think back just a bit, the threat of Polio was in the water just outside your front door. Malaria could be at your favorite fishing hole.

Not every collection - tax or fee - is justified or properly used. I think you and I just happen to believe there is more right than wrong with the way things are done most places, most of the time. And voting can be done at the ballot box and with your feet.
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Old 03-13-2014, 01:23 PM   #44
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How did we go from local property taxes to federal taxes? The two are altogether different. We live in a federal system with two different sovereigns: the state and the federal gov't. Each has their own taxation that is governed by the U.S. Constitution. States give taxing authority to local governments because there are special needs for each locality and each locality determines what is important and where tax dollars need to go. You cannot throw some general statement at what is important because it simply does not work that way.
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How did we go from local property taxes to federal taxes? The two are altogether different. We live in a federal system with two different sovereigns: the state and the federal gov't. Each has their own taxation that is governed by the U.S. Constitution. States give taxing authority to local governments because there are special needs for each locality and each locality determines what is important and where tax dollars need to go. You cannot throw some general statement at what is important because it simply does not work that way.
I used the Navy as a simple illustration. For you, I'll go local. Someone who can't walk and is illiterate might see no reason to support libraries or sidewalks.
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I used the Navy as a simple illustration. For you, I'll go local. Someone who can't walk and is illiterate might see no reason to support libraries or sidewalks.
And that my friend is an individual's choice, the power of the ballot box will determine whether sidewalks and libraries are funded.
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And that my friend is an individual's choice, the power of the ballot box will determine whether sidewalks and libraries are funded.
Exactly and why we have elections to elect those folks that make the decisions for the betterment of the community.
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Sounds like you should get a mailbox in FL and register your MH here.
Do that and you might end up with a third place to live, if you catch my drift...
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Property Taxes in South Carolina is a joke
If you live in a home that is valued at $175,000
You pay $1383.00 in taxes per year
If this is your second home you pay $5531.00 per year
If you make it a office or commercial it is $9241.00 per year
A motorhome counts as a second home so a RV valued at $175,000 you will pay
$5531.00 in taxes This is one reason that I have not got my diesel yet.
How can they charge you more for a rental home or a second home?
That is not correct throughout SC. In Aiken County a motor home is a vehicle and property tax paid that way. Of course it is still too much and the entire concept of paying a tax every year on something you own does not make sense to me. Fuel tax to pay for roads, fine. Property tax just because I own something is just another form of wealth redistribution.
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The MSRP on my motor home and the last appreasal of my Sticks and bricks (Which I no longer have) are so close as to be called Identical

Michigan: I paid over 3,000 a year in State and local property taxes on the S&B, on the MH, Registeration renewal is, per the US government, a Property tax (Well argued when MI changed from a weight based user's fee some years ago, Won't be re-argued by me). I pay $382/year.

I can tell you the difference, pays for all my campground fees with money left over for gas.. Oh, and I paid around 250 for water, sewer, electric and natural gas. v/s water/sewer/electric included in campign fees and less than 300/year for gas (usually 120-200).
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If you pay tax on a MH as a "second home", can you also
write off the interest on financing?

I understand in the USA you write off the interest on a
home purchase. Is this nation wide or just some states??
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If you pay tax on a MH as a "second home", can you also write off the interest on financing? I understand in the USA you write off the interest on a home purchase. Is this nation wide or just some states??
The mortgage deduction is for federal tax purposes and I think is limited based on income level but I could be wrong. Individual states may treat it differently.
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The mortgage deduction is for federal tax purposes and I think is limited based on income level but I could be wrong. Individual states may treat it differently.

The deduction for second home mortgage interest is not income limited, but is principal limited. Specifically the principal for the mortgage must be $1 million or less. Also you have to have enough in deductions to itemize. The deduction is taken on Schedule A on line 11. Don't put it on the mortgage interest line or you'll stand a good chance of getting a love letter from your friendly IRS.

Each state is different as to what it allows or doesn't allow for itemized deductions. Some states allow the deduction for second home interest and some do not allow any deductions and others are between those two extremes. Just depends on where you are filing.
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I bought 18 ac in the boonies in the early 90's and built a house. I'm no longer in the boonies and some celebrities have decided they like the area. I paid 8200 last year, about 75% is school tax. It's almost guaranteed of about a 10% jump each year until one of us turns 65 in 3 years.

In 2011, the Texas legislature passed a law that allows for an agricultural exemption on properties between 6-20 ac, for keeping honey bees. I'm in my 4th year, and hopefully will get the exemption in the 6th year. If not, I'm afraid I will be forced to sell out.
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well I live in ct and home value is 230,000. small town,, taxs -4600 my future wife lives in colonia ,NJ ,house 315,000. taxs 11,000. still trying to get my head around that number
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AZ we just pay taxes on home , RV we just pay license tag fee.
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