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Old 08-03-2016, 21:16   #1
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Florida Non-Resident Exemption

As non-residents purchasing a boat in Florida we qualify for the 90 day + 90 day extension sales/use tax exemption allowing us to keep the boat in Florida for a total of 180 days. The documentation states that a Broker must purchase the exemption decals and affix them to the boat. We are planning a private party sale - no broker involved.

Does anyone know if it is possible to claim the non-resident exemption in a private party transaction? Or a broker that could facilitate the transaction? (willing to pay a fee of course).

It would be great if someone has actual recent first hand experience going through this.

Thanks in advance!!

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Old 09-03-2016, 09:04   #2
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Re: Florida Non-Resident Exemption

We are MN residents and bought our boat in FL in 2009. At that time, there was only 90 days to leave FL (no extension that you mentioned so I would double check that detail as it just doesn't sound like FL to be that generous!). We needed to file one form once we arrived in GA with a receipt as evidence that we had left the state. Very straightforward. No decal needed. We used a broker for the sale but he had nothing to do with the sales tax exemption.

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Old 09-03-2016, 09:19   #3
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Re: Florida Non-Resident Exemption

You want to look at Florida Department of Revenue form GT-800005. The 7/15 version is less clear than the superseded 12/11, but the bottom line is only dealers/brokers can get you the exemption.

Florida’s six percent (6%) use tax, plus any applicable discretionary sales
surtax, is due on a boat used or stored in Florida when:

 The boat is purchased from a person who is not a registered boat dealer and the sale
or delivery of the boat occurs in Florida;
Specific Exemptions
Boats Sold to Nonresidents

A boat sold by or through a registered dealer or broker to a purchaser who is a nonresident of Florida
at the time of taking delivery of the boat in Florida is exempt.
Looks like you need to find a friendly broker.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:30   #4
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Re: Florida Non-Resident Exemption

Dsanduril is right. It is in Chapter 212 of the Florida Statutes. You can see it here, if you want... Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine

Section 2 is where it says that the exemption is for sales "by or through a registered dealer."
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Re: Florida Non-Resident Exemption

Thanks - that's how I read it as well. Anybody know any licensed brokers that want to help out for a reasonable fee? PM if you prefer.

The downside of doing this wrong is a serious financial hit so definitely want to follow the very letter of the law.
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