Originally Posted by sailpower
Susanna, are you sure about this bit? I don't think the Feds get involved with State tax issues.
Yes the USCG notifies your local Tax Assessor of any transfer of Title on US Doumented Boats... They determine the Tax Collectors Office based on the owner information on the Documnetation.
a used documented vessel, takes about 90-120 days to catch up with you. The time depends on how backed up the USCG Center is and how long it takes you Tax Assessor to get hteir paperwork out.
Then the Tax Assessor Office usually gives a 30-45 day payment demand.
Sales tax on new boats in California
is paid at the the time of purchase
, with the Yacht Broker.
In California, the Sales Tax varies by County as much as 1.5-2%, so purchasing
a boat in one of the Counties with lower taxes
will sometimes save a bundle, especially on a purchase
of a new vessel.
The only way out of California State Sales Tax is take an "Off Shore Delivery" and remove the vessel from California within 90 days.