Originally Posted by garychurch
Different states and counties have different requirements for sales tax, boat registration
and property taxes
If you know these requirements by actually reading their requirements posted on official web sites you can figure out what fees
are due when.
For example state boat registration
is not required if you do not meet their time frame. Many states only require registration if your boat spends 60 consecutive days or more in their waters. I assume sales taxes may be coupled to boat registration - paying sales tax or providing proof sales tax was paid to another state.
Many coastal water
state counties exempt boats from property taxes.
As far as I know fees
and taxes apply to where your boat is located and for how long.
Gary - what you say makes perfect sense but not for California
. The stories of being inextricably caught in web of California
taxes are legendary. Owners of higher value assets have had to provide comprehensive evidentiary support that they have indeed departed California, sometimes for many consecutive years. In short, you must prove you're innocent beyond all shadow of a doubt and reason.
California has for years been extremely aggressive in collecting taxes. Not just on boats, but in general - many workers continue to attempt to claim Nevada as their residence to avoid California state income
tax; or move recently purchased boats to Oregon
to avoid sales tax.
The OP is correct to be wary and concerned. My sense is the situation is not as much of a quagmire as it was years ago, but still.....it is a govt and times are tough. Who knows when they'll decide they want a bit more money