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Old 20-11-2018, 00:26   #31
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Re: American building boat in Eu...where to register?

Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Most tax men don't worry a whole lot if your stated values are off. They just pull out a copy of the "blue book" or "buc book" or whatever version their agency is using, read it off, give you the bill, and you can protest later.

I think a lot of folks are also missing the boat (so to speak) on "use tax". Normally that is only applicable to STATE RESIDENTS. And while some states can and will declare you to be a "resident" after spending as little as 30 contiguous days in them, or within ten days of taking a full-time job in them, or other quick grabs, I don't think many of them will start looking at charging use tax or registration on your boat until you hit (typically) 90 days, or sign some other long-term contract or commitment in a state. Like taking out voter registration or a driver's license.
Heck, there are only 62 different tax venues in the United States. How hard can it be for a boater to keep track of every last one of them? (G)
Most small volume boats don't have a blue book. But reality is I've never had them pull out the blue book (car or boat). They ask for the bill of sale and use that value.

Not missing the boat, the OP will eventually move back and return to residency in his home use tax very much applies. Of course he could venue shop by moving to a different state with a lower Use Tax but that's not what was suggested.
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