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Old 06-03-2016, 12:15 PM   #1
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Good afternoon. Has anyone registered their coach in a Montana LLC. Did some investigating and I guess the first question is, is it legal and can the insurance insure me or does it have to be the LLC? Thanks in advance for any information you may have.


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Hi Dave and welcome. Here a link to some previous threads that should assist with your questions.


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Old 06-03-2016, 03:53 PM   #3
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Couple of years ago, my state had a huge crack down on folks registering RVs in Montana to avoid sales tax (6% of purchase price) and advalorem tax every year. Fined them big time and made 'em pay all the back taxes.
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Yes, it's very legal....if you do it right. You have to make sure you're going by your state's laws. There are law firms advertising in various RV magazines if you happen to have one handy. Heggen is one and Bennett is another. Google them.

All the stories of those being fined and state crackdowns are by people not doing it correctly. Most often, they own a home and/or work in the state and they try to store their RV in their home state.

This is popular with full-timers because they typically don't own a home or work in the state. They travel so aren't restricted to one particular state. When you're a full-timer you can register vehicles anywhere.

Bottom line....yes it's legal but you really need to do extensive research.
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Old 06-03-2016, 05:55 PM   #5
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It's legal in Montana, but whether it avoids taxes and other complications if you live and keep the RV in another state depends on a bunch of things, all of which depend on that "other state". For example, most states require that vehicles present in that state be rigistered and titled there if in-state more than xx days.

The insurance insures the vehicle & its owners for liability (damage to others) and for damage to the vehicle (collision and comp). If the owner of the vehicle is the LLC, then that is who buys the insurance and gets protected by it. Presumably YOU would be the owner of that LLC, of course.
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I did it with a Montana Business Trust rather than an LLC to keep the entity tax forms off my 1040 and save Montana annual tax return filing fees. Legally it works best for fulltimers and if you get a Montana drivers license or stay out of the state your license is from. For example, if your RV is registered in MT, your license is in CA and you get stopped by AZ police, you tell them you are just passing through. But if you get stopped in CA, they will report you to the CA DMV. And you have to make sure that your insurance is Montana based, as insurance companies report policies to the DMV. Best to spend a month in a Montana RV park and transfer your license there.
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