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Old 28-04-2014, 04:46   #31
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Re: Florida Taxes for 48 Day Stay

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The point is ElGato...your at an unfair disadvantage until you can form a boat association. Only then can you have influence on your local legislators. Otherwise you remain with "talk only" as you had mentioned. We didn't bother with visiting Texas when we hit the Gulf; we decided to head for Fort Meyer Florida, thence across the Okeechobee...and exited into the Atlantic Ocean and then headed north. Should be up in Maine by mid-May weather pending of course. The highest elevation in Florida is on the Alabama line 346 feet the rest is sandbars; bugs, insects, and the worse boaters in America. If you want to see some great sailing waters go to New England and Nova Scotia; you find the people friendly and most accommodating for boaters. Not Boston however your best with Boston is skip it and head for New Hampshire or better Portland, Maine. Florida is a transition point only and your better off staying seaward rather swat flies and steer around mud piles and sandbars. LOL
Your words make no sense, especially in terms of the OP's question. I'm wondering if we have a language barrier.

BoatUS is a rather sizeable organization...we actually have that in Texas. And really, respectable boaters who actually use their states waters shouldn't mind paying registration in their own state. What a hypocrite I would be to boat in Texas and use the facilities and services provided by the state, and whine about paying $120 for 2 years!

The nonsense is FL requiring non-residents to have a state sticker if their own state does not.

BTW, Boston is a WONDERFUL town of exceptionally friendly folks. Florida is regarded by most as a fantastic cruising ground and you skipped the best parts. Forgive me if I ignore your opinions as the facts run counter.

And finally....sigh why DO we bother?
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Old 28-04-2014, 06:08   #32
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And finally....sigh why DO we bother?
It's for the sport of it of course!
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Re: Florida Taxes for 48 Day Stay

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!
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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
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