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Old 11-09-2012, 10:46 AM   #15
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There are a couple of things you need to ask: How long each year will you be spending in the Condo, and do you plan on obtaining employment in Maine?

Many states have a six month rule.. If you are going to spend more than six months (Even just one day more) outside the state you need not establish citizenship in that state, You can keep your SD address, Plates and DRIVER's LICENSE and only be a 'Visitor" in the other state. Some states the requirement is much, much ... Shorter (SD for example).

Just remember, your registration, driver's license and voter's registration card should all be for the same address.

Some states if you get a job, and do not go home (to another state) at night (After work) they ding you.

Rules vary from state to state, Specific information on Maine, I do not have.

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Old 11-09-2012, 01:09 PM   #16
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I will not be working in Maine. I am retiree and receive pensions and SS. I have been a resident in SD for about 5 years. My tax returns, drivers license and registration are all in SD.

I might be in Maine 6 months or so per year. Would be out of the state during the winter. Either Texas or Florida. I assume I would still have to pay some for of income tax in Maine. My big issue is the property tax on my motorhome. Something like 2 grand per year.

I would like to keep my SD residence, drivers license and registration. I will even store the motorhome in NH. I have no issue with Maine taxes for he house.


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Old 11-09-2012, 01:30 PM   #17
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For the potential taxes, penalty, and hassle I think I'd run it by a knowledgable lawyer to be sure you aren't going to be liable somewhere to someone. I don't like to recommend a lawyer, but in your situation it might be the safest course of action. You could just rely on all the free advice on the forum, but remember, you get what you paid for that advice, including mine!

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Old 11-09-2012, 01:31 PM   #18
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You really need a tax lawyer.
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:50 AM   #19
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I think you are all right. I will check with one. I am flying from Flroida to Maine next week to see how our new condo is coming. Will see what I can discover then.

Thanks to all of you for your replies.

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Old 11-25-2012, 03:06 PM   #20
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I am writing an update to this blog.

I spoke to the tax assessors office in Wells, Maine the other day. I asked pretty straight up specific questions concerning taxing and residence. Here is what I learned.

Many people have residences in Maine and classify them as second residences. He person I spoke to thought I could use this and still keep my South Dakota residence, even tough it is a mail box with a specific address. South Dakota considers me a resident!

THe tax assessor told me that their agents go into rv parks and storage lots during April to look for vehicles to tax. If it is there in April they assume it there all year and will tax it. Suggested I keep it out of state during that time. She mentioned that if it is in an rv park then they obtain the specifics about he owner from the rv park or storage facility.

So it seems that I may be able to continue using my South Dakota address and keep my sd residence. I identify my maine residence as not my primary address. I then store my motorhome in New Hampshire.

I have my tax guy, who was an IRS agent, checking out my stratify.

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We have gotten in the MT LLC setup, however Have not registered the RV there, but the toad,(Ford F150) and the ATV are and insured. Now later I find the insurance is nearly 3 X the scale of Virginia, so it became a stuipd matter to keep the pickup in MT, do keep the ATV, this give me the tags and ability to ride in many states on highways, not interstate. All states are different on this matter, but the western states are more pleasent to deal with. Looked at as a quadracycle, not the hated ATV.
As long as I keep the business going, keeping the RV in Va is a nonbrainer tax wise, yes Va has personal property tax, so the Foretravel costs over $6k a year just tax
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:27 AM   #22
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You should consider registering your vehicles in South Dakota. I have a 2008 Monaco and the tags are costing around $300 per year. Sd has not state income tax too. I use a mail service in Sioux Falls.


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