I know that several of you have read my post on this topic elsewhere, but for those of you who have not, I want to pick your brains.
It is well established law that if you are not a Florida
resident and you buy a boat in Florida
, you are not subject to paying sales tax on the purchase
if you (1) remove the boat from Florida waters within 90 days of purchase
, and (2) keep the boat out of Florida waters for 180 days from the date you leave Florida.
What is not as well established but seems to be the general understanding is that going to the Bahamas
from FLorida does not count toward your 180 day "out of Florida waters" time. I know that seems absurd, that the Bahamas
is a separate country, etc. but the prevailing wisdom is that the Bahamas don't count.
Can anyone point me to a regulation, departmental rule
, etc. showing in writing that this is the case (or not)?