Illusion, even our IRS will tell you that tax avoidance
is perfectly legal
and even encouraged. It is tax evasion
that is illegal, there's a difference.
dog, you're all confused and you really need to go look at the SC, WA and your own provinical web sites. If you're buying
a boat in most of the US states, there's no "property tax" involved. There's sales tax in most of them, and that is waived if you are not a resident, the boat is moving out of state promptly, and it is not registered in state.
So there should be no SC taxes involved, unless they are one of those states that require brokered sales to collect sales tax in almost all cases, later refunding or crediting it if you are exempted. They'll have the rules posted on an official tax web site, or motor
vehicle sales/registration web site. Or your broker can tell you, if you're using one. If there's no broker--just don't register it in SC!
When you get to WA state, you need to check their web sites. In most states you don't need to register a boat that is on the hard
, or you don't need to register it until after a set time period. Again, no registration
, no sale
, no tax.
Assuming you can get a cruising permit
for the US without first removing your boat from US waters for 15 days (I'm told you can for boats that are not yet in the water, I don't know but there's another federal web site to cover that)...you either flag it US, in the wife's name, or Canadian. And then just deal with Canadian taxes.
Esaiest way to get unconfused, is to go visit the web sites, get it from the sources. Most also answer phone
calls--but the written statutes are binding, the telephone advice is not.