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Old 01-10-2013, 08:39 AM   #15
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I am dreaming about moving up to "A" but the costs really add up. Not doing a Montana Tax Dodge Corp, but looking for other avenues to lower property taxes. Currently I am paying $3 per $100 vehicle tax in VA on class C. If I buy a new A I will have to pay 3% sales tax plus $3 per $100 property tax. The property tax is every year. Of course it declines slowly based on value. But $231,000 bus is $6,930 property tax 1st year alone. Surely there is a state more friendly if you parked it there.
I believe there was another thread about the VA personal property tax. If memory serves me correctly your VA personal property tax is by county and some counties do not have the tax. I believe, and the operative word is believe as I'm not a VA CPA, that if you garage the MH in a different county then there is no tax. You might want to check with your county assessors office or your local CPA for clarification on that point.

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:39 AM   #16
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Surely there is a state more friendly if you parked it there.
You probably should get some expert advice on this. Many years ago we lived in IN very near the OH border when IN instituted an expensive excise tax on vehicles collected with registration. A lot of people started to park and tag their vehicles in OH, driving an old junker to the border each day to finish the commute in their newer vehicle. There were a lot of stories in the newspapers and on television of the state prosecuting them to collect taxes, fines, etc. I don't know the details as it was not a concern to me then but sounds like a similar scenario. Best to see a tax man (paid by you) to get expert advice before doing anything.

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:49 AM   #17
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Store you RV in a VA county that does not levy a personal property tax on RV's. If you live in Northern VA Prince William county does not tax RV's. The cost of storage is much less than the tax and you can enjoy knowing that your dollars are going directly to support a small business owner as opposed to being wasted by your local government.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:53 AM   #18
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Garage your RV in Prince William County, VA. We pay no personal property taxes on planes, boats and RV's. All I have to pay each year is the $24 vehicle fee like cars do.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:06 AM   #19
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Grant it we have an older MH, 2003 DP, but our last renewal and taxes was $270.00 for two years. Yes there are somethings that are more expensive here in Alaska but.......
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:45 AM   #20
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Many thanks for the info on different counties in VA charge different amounts. I realized that the tax rate is based on where it is parked or garaged. My best friend in NC changed his residence to FL since he owned a MH Pad at Titusville and leaves his bus there plus he got a FL license.
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ith those taxes I would absolutely move OUT that is rediculous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:09 PM   #22
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:30 PM   #23
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You don't want to bring that rig to CT -- State Income tax, 6.35% sales tax, and local property tax. Sales tax on our new-to-us Class A was about $2,800 when we purchased it in 2011, and property tax last year was $750. Title/Tag Fees, I don't recall, a couple hundred dollars I think.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:04 AM   #24
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I thoroughly researched the tax avoidance (not evasion) schemes and determined as a VA resident, I would never have been able to bring the covered RV into VA without risk because at that time I was living in, working in, and paying VA taxes.

If one were a full-timer traveling hither and yon, certainly using a more tax-friendly state for RV registration is doable, even if you still owned a stick house in VA, because the argument can be made that the RV is not VA asset. It's sort of like being an absentee owner of a rental property located in a state that is not your actual domicile. You're not necessarily a resident of both states.

Bottom line, if you're intent on pursuing this line of thought, is to get legal assistance in the form of an attorney who is very up-to-date on legal residency/domicile, as nothing me or anyone else on this forum states should be the basis for your decision.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:54 AM   #25
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Personal Property Tax for RVs in Virginia is terrible. And the rates for boats is so minuscule that why bother to tax them at all. Then there is the "city sticker" requirement that was instituted to make sure you paid your personal property tax. Virginia Beach finally did away with the city sticker, but not the fee. It was just added as a separate line item on vehicle registration administered by the DMV. Virginia is a tax happy state. Once the citizens of Virginia Beach voted against a tax increase for something, so the city just tacked it onto the phone bill until they got caught and had to refund the collected amount to everyone. Lived there for 18 years and glad to be a South Dakota resident now.
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