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Old 08-23-2016, 01:23 PM   #15
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While it is true that Washington has no personal income tax, it does have a state sales tax. In Seattle, the combined state, county, & city sales tax is 9.5%, levied on the retail sale of tangible personal property except food and prescription drugs (with a few other exceptions). Five states have no sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon. Alaska is the only state having neither personal income nor state sales tax, as it gets its revenue from oil royalties. While I escaped in 1986 from California's tax clutches in favor of Washington, a personal income tax-free state, don't kid yourself, Washington makes up for its lack of personal income tax revenue with loads of other taxes, fees, etc.

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Old 08-23-2016, 03:38 PM   #16
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SD has worked the best for me. We've been full timing for going on 7 years. SD has only 3% on cars and campers. Lowest Auto Insurance, supp. Medicare, license charges and Dakota Post offers many services to keep you legal. You only need to stay in SD 1 night to become a resident. Make sure when you stay that one night both you and your wife's names are on the receipts. If only one, only one can vote.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:11 AM   #17
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All good info. NH has only property tax, but no sales or income tax. However, the property tax makes up for the others, about three time our property tax in Texas.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:27 AM   #18
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I asked the prior to reading your very thourogh reply.

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Short answer, no, you can't. Please re-read the third paragraph of my previous post.

Legally you must have a physical address somewhere, that determines where you officially live. No one lives at a post office box and so a PO Box cannot be a domicile. That is why companies like Escapees exist, to take care of all of those pesky details for full-timers.

Sure, some full-timers lie about it, like applying for the PO Box before moving out of their stick-and-brick house and then just never telling the Postal Service or the IRS or the DMV or the Clerk of Court or the insurance company that they've moved out. But that's illegal, and I'd never recommend on a public forum that you do an illegal thing. So if you decide to do that, don't tell any of us.

Retired full-timers with adult kids sometimes use their children's address as their domicile, and there's nothing morally or legally wrong with doing that. And if your kids still love you, they may even forward your important mail to you instead of throwing it in the trash.
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Old 08-24-2016, 06:59 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Protagonist View Post
Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming have no personal income tax at the present time. New Hampshire and Tennessee tax income from dividends and investments only.

Texas is very popular for full-timers because (1) year-round camping; (2) Escapees has a facility there where you can establish a legal domicile. Domicile is important not only for income tax purposes, but also because it affects your insurance rates, where you register to vote, where you get your driver's license and vehicle/trailer license plates, and where you may be called for jury duty. Even full-timers must do their civic duty, and "I'm out of town" only works to postpone, not completely avoid, jury duty.

And you can't establish a domicile at a post office box— unless your domicile is a place where there is no door-to-door mail delivery. You see, in order to get a post office box— either from the USPS or from a private mailbox company— you have to list a street address as your domicile on the application to get the box. And if the USPS wishes, they can verify it by sending a registered letter to the listed domicile street address. If there isn't a building there, and a live person to sign for the letter, the USPS could prosecute for mail fraud— it says so in the fine print on the application. Escapees provides not only a valid street address for your domicile (and a campsite whenever you visit your new domicile), but also a person on staff who can sign for registered letters and parcels and forward them on to you or hold them for pickup if you're going to be in the area— and unlike PO Boxes, you can get packages from FedEx and UPS there as well.

Almost right on Tennessee. On May 20,2016 the TN legislature passed enabling legislation to phase out our "Hall" income tax. This is a tax on interest on bonds and notes along with dividends from stocks. It had been 6%, but is now 3% with the intent of the legislature to reduce it by 1% annually until phased out in 2020. The catch .is that the reductions will require legislation to be passed annually. The will of the governor, legislature and the people is to phase it out. Unless we have a fruit basket turnover in our legislature it will happen.
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:50 AM   #20
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Check out what the couple at Technomadia did for domicile.

Very extensive writeup on this and other aspects of full timing.


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