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Old 02-16-2016, 06:41 PM   #1
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Registering RV in home state or florida?

I am heading to florida to purchase AS and had question as to registering in FL or NC, home state.. I have a son living in FL so local address is not a problem.

We plan to be florida residents in 4-5 yrs anyways so this might cut down on paying sales tax in NC, 3% of sales price, and then "moving" to FL when we go full time and paying sales taxes again.

I know there are many folks that domiciles in NY etc and have property or rent in florida for the winter and have FL tags on the cars.

What would be the advantage or disadvantages of this type of plan.

ps: 57, good driving record and 790 credit score, married. (sorry girls)
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:52 PM   #2
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Florida's sales tax is 7% I believe. If you buy it in FL but register it in NC and then bring it back to FL in a few years, you will only pay the sales tax once in NC when you register it there not again in FL when you move there. If NC sales tax is only 3% then I'd say get a NC plate for your trip home and register it there.
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Old 02-16-2016, 06:58 PM   #3
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Florida sales tax is 6% with local options which can increase it. I think you would be best advised to register it in NC. When you come to FL you might have to pay the differential between the NC tax and FL tax, but I suspect not. The trick will be getting a tag to tow it home. FL also has an impact fee which, I think, is $150 for each "new plate" for vehicles moving into FL unless you have a credit from a previously surrendered plate. This may, or may not, apply to trailers.

Go to myflorida.com and you can find out anything you want to know.

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Old 02-16-2016, 07:07 PM   #4
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Hey Carl great question. When I first purchased Florida property in 1988 as an investment I also registered a vintage mustang in Fl to use when I came down on vacation & their was no problem. Now, my last 3RVs are registered in Montana where there is no sales tax. What I did was form a LLC (corporation) in Montana to own & hold title to my now Airstream & I paid 0 sales tax on the last three. In Montana once you get the license plate it's yours as long as you own the trailer & no annual renewal fees, one fee ($150) forever. I insure the AS using my Fl home address but in the LLC name, legal & all above board.
Google Montana LLC for more info, setting up the LLC will cost you in the area of $1,500.00 & everything is done by mail including getting your Montana plate & all the credentials necessary.
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The Montana llc are under scrutiny some states, as tax fraud. Be careful.
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You can go to FL DMV and pay the purchase tax for NC registration if NC is a reciprocal state. They will then issue you a 30 day temporary tag. When you get to NC, show them the paperwork and get your NC plate. I bought an Airstream in FL and they charged me the Colorado tax for my county and all was well.

But, I believe the annual registration fee in FL is what is cheaper. Just call the DMV's in both states to get an honest answer.
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From my experience:
1. Tax at purchase is less in NC.
2. Insurance cost is less in NC. If your other vehicles are registered in NC you might choose to add the trailer to your present vehicle insurance policy. If registered in a separate state, you will have to insure the trailer there, separately.
3. Annual property tax fee is less in NC. (at least it is for my trailers)
4. Annual license fee is less in NC.

Before you leave to get the trailer you can go to your NCDMV local agent and purchase a temporary tag (I think it is 10 day) that is good for towing back home. I did this for a trailer I purchased in SC.
If you want the trailer to be insured on the return trip, discuss it with your agent before you go get it.
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When you license your tow vehicle for the additional weight of the travel trailer you might find this website interesting.

https://connect.ncdot.gov/business/d...e%20manual.pdf

Look at page 118 of 344, where it states there is an exemption for camping trailers. I printed this page and keep a copy in my tow vehicle. All 50 states have a reciprocal agreement, so a vehicle registered in NC is legal to do this in all states, thought their laws may differ.
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If you are on the move, Montana registration may be an option; check it out: Kristi, 855-721-0777

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I am heading to florida to purchase AS and had question as to registering in FL or NC, home state.. I have a son living in FL so local address is not a problem.

We plan to be florida residents in 4-5 yrs anyways so this might cut down on paying sales tax in NC, 3% of sales price, and then "moving" to FL when we go full time and paying sales taxes again.

I know there are many folks that domiciles in NY etc and have property or rent in florida for the winter and have FL tags on the cars.

What would be the advantage or disadvantages of this type of plan.

ps: 57, good driving record and 790 credit score, married. (sorry girls)
We are Florida residents, bought a new AS in Mississippi. We did not pay tax there. The dealer gave us a temp plate and we drove it to FL and we paid the 6.5% Florida tax and registration fee here.
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If I am not mistaken the registration of personal property, titled in your personal name would be registered/titled/taxed/licensed in your home state or the place where you live at least 1/2 of the year plus 1 day. Aka Your Place of Residence. It is the same state where you file Federal/State Income Tax. If registering personal property in the state of choice is an option I have never heard of it.
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If I am not mistaken the registration of personal property, titled in your personal name would be registered/titled/taxed/licensed in your home state or the place where you live at least 1/2 of the year plus 1 day. Aka Your Place of Residence. It is the same state where you file Federal/State Income Tax. If registering personal property in the state of choice is an option I have never heard of it.
I had a car registered & insured in Fl for years. I owned a vacation condo in Fl but lived in NY State at the time.
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Did you vote in both states? Just kidding.
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Did you vote in both states? Just kidding.
That's funny because I know a guy who did, he got arrested after the fact causing his brother a migraine. The brother BTW was mayor of Buffalo, NY at the time.
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