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Old 06-03-2019, 12:29 PM
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Wheels are in motion to purchase a used boat currently registered in Georgia. I am a resident of Louisiana.....sometimes.

Boat is currently in Louisiana and sale would be performed in La.

Boat would then be moved and used primarliy in Florida where I have a residence.

What are sales tax implications for a casual sale on a used boat/motor/trailer? Where is best place to domicile/register the boat and pay sales tax.... La. or Florida?

Boat will be +/-105K
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:35 PM
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Its been a while but if you are buying from an individual used in la you are good to go after you get the state and local sales tax forms signed off ( I don't think you will owe anything).

After you have owned it a certain amount of time. In LA you can register in FL and not owe sales tax there.

At least it used to be that way (I did exactly that but several years back).
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The boat will need to be registered in whatever state it's going to be kept more than 180 days per year. You would owe sale tax in that state, Florida does not waive sales tax on private boat purchases. Not sure how that's a dilemma.
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Sales tax is usually due where you register the boat. Fl is hull value only, no motor, electronics, trailer etc. Get separate bill of sale for hull, motor and trailer.
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Originally Posted by mikee332 View Post
Sales tax is usually due where you register the boat. Fl is hull value only, no motor, electronics, trailer etc. Get separate bill of sale for hull, motor and trailer.
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I would register in FL due to hull only
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Wouldn't one have to be a resident of Florida to register it there, not just maintain a residence?
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So if I buy a boat in Michigan while a resident there and move to Florida 3 years later and register the boat in Florida, I pay sales tax again?
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What I did buying one from Ga. was to call the state sales tax office in Lafayette to get the run down. I made a separate bill of sale for the trailer with a cheap price so the DMV wouldn't kill me. I owed zero on the boat, but that price might above what they let slide. Worth a call to find out.
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So if I buy a boat in Michigan while a resident there and move to Florida 3 years later and register the boat in Florida, I pay sales tax again?
No.

I dont remember the timeframe but it 1 year or less iirc.
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Wouldn't one have to be a resident of Florida to register it there, not just maintain a residence?
You register a boat in the state it is primarily used in.
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
Wouldn't one have to be a resident of Florida to register it there, not just maintain a residence?
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
No.

I dont remember the timeframe but it 1 year or less iirc.
6 months.
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Originally Posted by DestinBillMe View Post
So if I buy a boat in Michigan while a resident there and move to Florida 3 years later and register the boat in Florida, I pay sales tax again?
No, if a boat you own is registered and titled outside of Florida for 6 months. It can then be transferred to a Florida title tax free.
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Originally Posted by mikee332 View Post
Sales tax is usually due where you register the boat. Fl is hull value only, no motor, electronics, trailer etc. Get separate bill of sale for hull, motor and trailer.
Trailer is taxable also when registered but yes 3 separate bills of sale.
The FL form actually has the 3 sections.
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Originally Posted by BLUESMAN View Post


Trailer is taxable also when registered but yes 3 separate bills of sale.
The FL form actually has the 3 sections.
One proper bill of sale with the three items listed with separate realistic prices that is signed by both parties is all that's required in Florida.
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So much incorrect info

Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
The boat will need to be registered in whatever state it's going to be kept more than 180 days per year. You would owe sale tax in that state, Florida does not waive sales tax on private boat purchases. Not sure how that's a dilemma.
Pretty sure FL is way less than 180 day cut-off and is harder on residents than non-residents

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Sales tax is usually due where you register the boat. Fl is hull value only, no motor, electronics, trailer etc. Get separate bill of sale for hull, motor and trailer.
Sales/use tax can actually be owed in any state in which you meet or exceed that particular state's threshold. You can owe it to multiple states. Some states even have property tax.

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Wouldn't one have to be a resident of Florida to register it there, not just maintain a residence?
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You register a boat in the state it is primarily used in.
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Long story short: you need to consider the state in which the transaction is taking place and any state in which the boat will pass through or enter. Residency can be a factor in certain states, especially florida. I.e. some states have strict rules for residents if a boat even touches the state for a second within the first six months, you might owe tax. Some people are very careful about where the purchase is conducted, where they take delivery, and where they use the boat. Its possible to end up in a pickle and owe multiple states. Most states do reciprocate/recognize other state's for tax paid. It is very possible to have to register a boat in more than one state if you use the boat in multiple states / meet or exceed that state's registration requirements. Usually tax regs are in-line with registration regs but in some states they are not. Therefore its also possible to have to pay tax in more than one state (or difference if one state has a higher rate). Always do your homework! Start by reading each state's website then read their registration/tax regs. Its not complicated. I did it for a dozen different states that I was traveling through.

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Louisiana is tax free on a boat for a used individual to individual sale within the state. You will have to pay taxes on the trailer since you register that at the DMV. They did add some forms and hoops you have to jump through, but it isn’t bad. Call Wildlife and Fisheries and they will walk through it with you.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
So much incorrect info



Pretty sure FL is way less than 180 day cut-off and is harder on residents than non-residents



Sales/use tax can actually be owed in any state in which you meet or exceed that particular state's threshold. You can owe it to multiple states. Some states even have property tax.



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florida is 90 days use until it's required for full registration, and technically requires a sojourner registration and you must be a non resident.
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