We too found
Florida to be different from most other states. The boating industry is so important
to the economy there, the state is protecting that business.
Cream Puff in Ft. Lauderdale and considered moving the vessel north for the 180
days and bouncing from state to state and returning to FL with a RI or DE
registration. The plan was to then register in FL and avoid the tax. However,
this is a very very very grey area. And, once again when we started to be on
the boat full time, if we were caught in MD after 90 days with the FL
registration, we would then get stung with MD tax because we couldn’t prove
sales tax was paid.
We decided to flag
the vessel BVI (I have a USA and British passport) and avoided any USA sales
tax requirements (USA cruising permits). This has also paid off dividends with
- Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
cruising - Santa Marta, Colombia
main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io [mailto:main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io] On
Behalf Of Craig Briggs via Groups.Io
Sent: Monday, March 4, 2019 10:24 AM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] US State taxes
We brought our US flagged boat back to the US, registered it in Florida and
paid no sales/use tax, even though it had been registered in NH, which has 0%
When we bought it in FL in 2000 I spoke several times with the director of the
Florida sales tax division that handles boats so as to "get it
right". He informed me that if we left Florida in 10 days, (or checked
into a state registered repair facility and left FL afterwards) and registered
it in another state and sent him (the tax department) proof of the boat being
out of Florida and of the other state's registration there would be no tax due.
He further explained that if we subsequently brought the boat back into FL
after, if I recall correctly, 6 months, we could (should) register it in FL but
the fact of having "met the sales tax requirement of another state"
(even thought that was 0%) would mean no FL sales tax would be due.
So after 15 years we came back to FL and were not required to pay sales tax,
just the normal annual registration fee ($200 or so).
The sales tax director said it was just like the thousands of people who move
to Florida and bring their cars - if they come from a no- or low-tax state they
do not have to pay the difference in the sales/use tax rate.
Craig Briggs SN68