Originally Posted by rancher44
So in the end and all the fuss if I keep a sail boat in florida then I must pay a tax if a sales tax was never paid. I am bringing a boat from BVI to florida and the want like 16K . South Carolina is 300. How confusing can this get!
No you probably do NOT have to pay sales tax in FL, depending.
I have read the FL rules carefully several times and have called and spoken with higher ups in the main offices of the FL Dept of Revenue and the FWC.
Bottom line, if you were a resident of another state (or PR or USVI, just not a resident of Florida), purchased a boat in that state, kept the boat and legitimately used it in that state and then later (at least 6 months later by FL rules) moved you and/or the boat to Florida then you do not have to pay Florida sales tax, even if no sales tax had ever been paid on the boat (like RI where there is no sales tax on boats).
This is the correct information as of the last time I read the FL statutes. Of course things do change