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Old 02-04-2010, 14:56   #1
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Can a State Tax a Foreign Vessel ?

Can a State in the US collect any kind of tax (sales, excise, nuisance) from a foreign flagged vessel that remains in the State for more than the customary 60 or 90 day grace period? This will not be a year round stay.
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I believe the cruising permit exempts you from the 90 days rule if you come here in a boat you already own. Sort of a go to any state free arrangement only as far as taxes. Not sure if it does apply if you purchase here too. Should you check in with US immigration with your own boat and get the cruising permit you get a tax free year. It might work if you bought the boat, then got the required permit ASAP. Sort of a technical issue I suppose and I would go to the horses mouth to be very sure. Can't see why it would not work. If you keep a boat in the US and are not a US citizen then no it does not count. Honor among tax collectors sort of thing.

If you haul the boat in FL and are actively working on it even a US citizen can get past the state of FL and that is no easy task. I believe you have to apply for it before hand too. With most tax issues you are guilty because they say so unless you can prove yourself innocent before they toss you in jail.
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