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Old 04-05-2011, 08:31 AM   #29
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Forget about NY, and out here in Suffolk half the houses are in foreclosure due to ridiculous taxes.
Name the tax, we pay it in spades.

Someday, my H and I want to retire to the Florida Keys and travel the US in our trailer. For now of course, we're just gonna keep quiet, pay our share, and not get the great education we moved to this town for. Gov Cuomo just cut us to the quick.

Your post really touched me, I know what it's like to have an injured S/O-my husband fell from a roof 4 years ago, and it took more than 3 years for him to get back to full duty at work. I almost lost him, and I consider myself blessed from head to toe that I didn't.

I hope for the best for you.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:47 AM   #30
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Colorado's not too bad. 3.2% state sales tax. Up to first $24k of retirement income each person exempt from income tax. Reasonable property tax ($2000 for our 1900 ft. $265k value townhouse). Vehicle taxes are high, based on value, but decrease over time.
Disregard the Colorado Springs-Denver-Ft. Collins front range metroplex as more congested, higher prices, added local taxes, and emission requirements. Pueblo has all the amenities and a good climate overall. Just sayin'.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:01 PM   #31
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We had the choice to make several years ago and decided on Florida.

No income tax
Reasonable sale tax (6-7.5%)
Reasonable vehicle registration and insurance
Reasonable real estate tax and is limited by law of amount it can increase also has homestead exemptions for seniors and disabled (good time to buy now).
Reasonable or low home prices (1 in every 4 homes are either forclosed, facing forclosure, or the owners are behind in payments)(we recently purchased multiple properties that sold for a total of $810K in 2006 for $318K this year)
Great Helathcare for Seniors
No Snow
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Oh and finally, no Snow!
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:53 PM   #32
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AZgl1500, have you considered NV, Vegas maybe? No income tax here, weather in winter not quite as warm as in AZ lots of empty houses some good buys, check it out.

Good luck with your search for a new domicile....& keep that 2 wheeler upright

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:25 AM   #33
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It cost a lot of money to live in paradise! So look at places where others don't find ideal and the costs will be less. I live in a suburb of the largest city in the state. I pay way more in taxes than my brother who decided to move to small town America. He bought a house for $10,000 and the taxes reflect the cost of the house. He needs to drive to a neighboring town for shopping and will pay a bit more at times but Wally World makes things competitive. Why in the world would he decide to isolate himself to an area where everyone else is abandoning is easy! His grandkids are close! Where the family lives is quite often a deciding factor no matter what the cost! He goes to South Texas for 5 months in the winter and rents a trailer in an area that does not include a swimming pool, Tennis courts, or golf. Rent is reasonable and he is just around the corner from where others are calling a Tropical Paradise. There's a Wally World there too! I believe he brought along his fishing pole. His wife joined a local church choir and they are singing in the sunshine.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:19 PM   #34
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Don't move to Denmark.

Income tax based on earnings - average about 50% or slightly below. Sales tax 25% on everything - nothing is exempt. Property tax based on value but it's no joke - I can tell you that much.

Tax on cars is 180% (yes - 180%) and gas is currently $8,25 per gallon.

Tax-wise anywhere is better than Denmark.
Now I know why my great grandparents emigrated from Copenhagen 100 years ago!!!

Sad thing is, we'll get there, eventually.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:54 PM   #35
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how about more on Nevada. anybody?
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If you can put up with our climate (we can, being ex-pat Brits) NW Washington is pretty good, particularly the smaller towns.

No income tax, 8.3% sales tax, vehicle tags about $50 ($30 basic + a weight variable). In Anacortes, you can find 2br ramblers in decent neighborhoods for less than $200K.

Our home is across the street from a saltwater marina. It's 1700 square feet, 12 years old and currently worth just under $300K. Beaches within a 15-minute walk (but they're gritty, grey volcanic sand). Summertime high around 78F with 25% humidity wintertime high usually above freezing, but it can be 800 broken, 1500 overcast, 3/4 mile vis, rain and fog from mid November through to early April! The sea water here is very deep (over 100 ft just a couple of miles from shore), which has a major impact on summer heat.

We love it. We lived in Tidewater VA, with its 95 degrees/95% humidity summers for a while, but most of our 43 years since leaving England has been in WA.

If you want more details, send me a PM.
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David Savageau has written several editions of "Retirement Places Rated" can be bought from Amazon.com for less than $17.00. I have several editions and have used them to select my s&b areas as the time arises. I currently live in Saltillo, MS just outside of Tupelo, MS. One section on taxes lists several states that do not tax pensions and MS is one of them. There is a homestead law that reduces my assessed value $75,000 so my $250,000 market value home total tax is $1300 per year. I do not pay any state income tax.

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