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Old 18-10-2012, 06:54   #46
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Re: Purchase tax, laws, and state stay time questions

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This is helpful, but it does not clarify what happens for a Fla resident who has a documented boat does NOT take it into Fla for any appreciable length of time. Does that person pay use tax b/c they are technically a resident even if the boat is not present in the state? This is for a boat that was not subject to sales tax in any state when purchased. Do you know the answer?
Whether you are a resident or not, if you bought the boat outside of Florida, and used it outside of Florida for more than 6 months, then you do not owe any sales/use tax to the state of Florida. They do not collect sales/use tax on a boat that you bought years ago, and have been using elsewhere.

All they want, in this case, is for you to register the boat with the state if you keep it there for more than 90 days. And the registration fee is very reasonable--less than $200 per year for any boat less than 100' long.

Whether you are a resident or not doesn't matter. Whether the boat is documented or not doesn't matter. These things are completely irrelevant to the issues of sales/use tax and state registration.
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Old 18-10-2012, 08:14   #47
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Whether you are a resident or not, if you bought the boat outside of Florida, and used it outside of Florida for more than 6 months, then you do not owe any sales/use tax to the state of Florida. They do not collect sales/use tax on a boat that you bought years ago, and have been using elsewhere.

All they want, in this case, is for you to register the boat with the state if you keep it there for more than 90 days. And the registration fee is very reasonable--less than $200 per year for any boat less than 100' long.

Whether you are a resident or not doesn't matter. Whether the boat is documented or not doesn't matter. These things are completely irrelevant to the issues of sales/use tax and state registration.
I don't think this is true. If your a resident of Florida you will pay use and sales tax when you bring the boat into Florida.
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Old 18-10-2012, 08:19   #48
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I don't think this is true. If your a resident of Florida you will pay use and sales tax when you bring the boat into Florida.
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These are the Florida laws that may state this.

Under most conditions, use tax and surtax are due on boats brought into Florida within 6 months from the date of purchase. However, use tax may be due upon importation into Florida, under either of the following conditions:
The boat belongs to a Florida resident; or
The boat belongs to a corporation for the use of a corporate officer or director who is a Florida
resident or who owns, controls, or manages a dwelling in Florida.
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Re: Purchase tax, laws, and state stay time questions

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Whether you are a resident or not, if you bought the boat outside of Florida, and used it outside of Florida for more than 6 months, then you do not owe any sales/use tax to the state of Florida. They do not collect sales/use tax on a boat that you bought years ago, and have been using elsewhere.

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That isn't the case.

More important, these type discussions although well-intended, serve only to mislead people that blindly accept declarative statements without verification.

Forgive the caps but ANYONE WHO SEEKS AND TAKES TAX ADVICE FROM SOME OBSCURE INTERNET BOATING SITE IS NUTS!

I shudder to think where they obtain the medical advice.
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Re: Purchase tax, laws, and state stay time questions

Yes, it is true. SMJ stopped short. Directly from the document that I posted earlier...

Use tax and surtax are not due on boats brought to Florida if you meet all of the following conditions:
You own the boat 6 months or longer, and
You have shown no intent to use the boat in Florida at or before the time of purchase, and
The boat has been in use 6 months or longer within the taxing jurisdiction of another state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. Time spent in foreign waters does not count as part of the 6-month period.


Doesn't say anything about Florida resident or not. Applies to residents, non-residents, and part-time residents.

Having said that, I agree completely with Illusion's comment--internet tax advice (like all kinds of internet advice) is worth exactly what you pay for it: NOTHING! If you cannot read the documents that I have provided links to, and understand for yourself what they mean, then you really should be seeking professional assistance.
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