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Old 18-11-2007, 11:38   #1
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Canadian buying in U.S.A. and registering boat in U.S.A.

I live on the St. Lawrence River and am purchasing a boat in the U.S.A. I intend to return the boat to the dealership in the winter for storage and maintenance. If I decide to register the boat in the U.S.A. to avoid paying the GST tax can I still keep it on the Canadian side in the summer legally. Am having trouble finding out info on this topic.

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Old 18-11-2007, 13:18   #2
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You will need to check with New York State to see if they will let you register the boat. I can tell you for certain you can't register the title with the USCG. They insist on it being US citizens only club. You will find that there is an accepted international practice of not letting other countries citizens abuse your registration system so they can skip out of their local taxes.

When it comes to title registration it's a basic law unless you get into holding companies based in another country.

There is a difference between being legal and getting caught.

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In the circumstances you mention you cannot keep your boat on the Canadian side and use it. You may be able to bring the boat into Canada without paying taxes but only for commissioning or repairs. No sailing! The penalty is too great to even consider circumventing the tax regulations. I have known Canadians that have kept their boats in NY State to avoid Canadian duty and taxes but they have been very careful not to bring the boat into Canada.
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Not certain, but I think you can register the boat in Canada. Just never go there with it or else pay the taxes.
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