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Old 12-17-2009, 08:20 PM   #1
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Full-timing residency question

We are seriously thinking of selling out house and going full-time as we almost travel full time as it is.... Have been doing some checking around and have discovered that 7 different States do not have State income tax... AK, Wy, Or, SD, NV, Fl, and TX... How difficult is it to establish one of these States as a residence? Any ideas on which one is best?
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Old 12-17-2009, 08:31 PM   #2
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You know, an income tax is not all there is. We moved from Texas (no income tax) to New Mexico (income tax), and our tax burden went down.

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Old 12-17-2009, 09:07 PM   #3
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We established residency in FL for both the no state income tax and because we have family there and decided to use their address as our home address. One thing to keep in mind is insurance. Our insurance went up when we changed our residency from Virginia to Florida. Also, the titling, tags, and registration fees were more. Florida residency still works for us since we use family's address and have our mail forwarded to them. But, cost wise, we probably could have done better in another state. I understand SD works with full-time RVers and may have services in place to accommodate the lifestyle.
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Florida is probably at the top of the list. As you already know, there is no state income tax. Driver licenses issue for 6 years and license tags issue for two years. I believe all that it would take is getting into a campground for a couple of weeks to establish a mailing address. Go down to the Florida Driver License Office. Tell them you have moved here from Wisconsin and get a Florida Driver License. Then go over the County Tax Collector's Office, and apply for Florida titles for your Airstream and tow vehicle, and purchase Florida tags.

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We grew up in SDak and I remember seeing RVer's with SDak plates on their rig. I quickly go introduce myself and ask where in SDak they lived. After a couple introductions, I came to realize that there were many full-timers that use SDak as their home residence address. I believe if you do a google search you will find companies in both Sioux Falls and Madison SD that can assist you. I don't have any references so check them out be sure they are above board.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:33 PM   #6
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From what I've read, South Dakota, Texas and Florida are the most popular... South Dakota is sounding pretty good to me so far..
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:52 AM   #7
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Steve and Jan,, you posted oregon as not having state income tax, they do, it is washington state that hasn't any state income tax. some what hi rv tax, south dakota has 3% rv license on value of rv, no repeat inspection
texas has 6% rv license on value of rv with inspection every two years(???)
this source is vagabond-rv web site...
washington state is in the hole for 2.5 billion, how is florida shaping up with its state finances. i may be moving to a south dakota mail box soon.
good luck and see you on the road, jeff
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South Dakota is the way to go. And if I may let me recommend MyDakotaAddress in Madison. Very inexpensive and the woman running it does an excellent job. Took me all of 3 hours to become a SD "Resident" and the only reason it took that long was because the Drivers License office was closed in Madison the day I was there and had to go down to Sioux Falls for my license.
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Steve and Jan,, you posted oregon as not having state income tax, they do, it is washington state that hasn't any state income tax. some what hi rv tax, south dakota has 3% rv license on value of rv, no repeat inspection
texas has 6% rv license on value of rv with inspection every two years(???)
this source is vagabond-rv web site...
washington state is in the hole for 2.5 billion, how is florida shaping up with its state finances. i may be moving to a south dakota mail box soon.
good luck and see you on the road, jeff
Jeff,

You are correct, don't know what we were thinking when we put Oregon on he list...South Dakota sounds real good to us....See you on down the road...
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South Dakota is the way to go. And if I may let me recommend MyDakotaAddress in Madison. Very inexpensive and the woman running it does an excellent job. Took me all of 3 hours to become a SD "Resident" and the only reason it took that long was because the Drivers License office was closed in Madison the day I was there and had to go down to Sioux Falls for my license.
We discovered the MyDakota Adress web site, sure looks like a great place....That's where we're going to go.....Agree with you!!
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:24 AM   #11
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If you are considering becomming fulltimers you should check out the Escapees organization. Escapees was founded by fulltimers for fulltimers and consists of about 60,000 members. What state to domicile has been discussed often on their site Escapees Discussion Forum (Powered by Invision Power Board) There is more to consider besides taxes.

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Old 12-18-2009, 11:50 AM   #12
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Attempting to retain more of your spendable
income by not having a State income tax or
property taxes......an idea.....OK...

Everything involves "Trade-offs"

Ya want to save some money, cancel the
Cell Phone, Sattellite dish, and internet service.
The three of those added would put a dent in taxes.

But...that may be a bit too skinny!
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:46 PM   #13
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Think more broadly

Just because you license your RV in a particular state does not mean that you have to be a resident of that state. Do you think a rich guy is a resident of ten separate states in which he might own a car? No, of course, not.

If you spend time in Florida, you might want to claim that state for residency purposes to save on income tax. On the other hand, if the trailer will spend at least some time in a low license fee state like Montana, you could consider getting a registration and license there. After all, states are not in the business of turning someone away who walks in to give them money for a license.
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:21 PM   #14
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florida was not too friendly to me. my trailer and a car reside here. when ingrid gave them to mde i tried to register them to my miami address. i was refused as i was not a florida resident. a few trips later and a supervisor spent 20 minutes on the phone with Tallahassee resulted in my being told i would need to apply for a florida id (non-drivers drivers license) and they would then let me process the paperwork. i ended up just registering them in NY.
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