Originally Posted by hpeer
What about the residence issue? I know some folks seem to want to have residence in Florida
for more reason. What is that about?
Florida allows you to be a legal
resident even if you don't live there, own no property there, and have never been there. The only restriction is that you cannot reside in another state for more than half the year.
When we lived in Nevis
, in the Caribbean
for six years, we used St Brendan's Isle as a mail forwarder. They handled the process of getting us certified as residents of Florida
, in absentia
, for a fee of $10. We were then able to vote in state and federal electons via absentee ballots. Credit card companies and investment managment companies require a US address, and St Brendan's Isle qualifies. It's a personal mailbox (PMB), so FedEx and UPS will deliver to it, and SBI will then send you the package wherever you are. FedEx and UPS will not deliver to a USPS post office box. We were entitled to get Florida driver licenses, but for that we had to apply in person. If you get called up for jury duty, just tell them that you're cruising offshore
and you'll be excused. They understand the concept
of cruisers using SBI for mail forwarding, etc.
As stated before, Florida doesn't have an income
tax. It also has no death taxes
or investment taxes
. I can't think of a better solution for offshore
living, and it only costs $7-12 per month depending on the services you choose.