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Another Sales Tax Boat registration quest


Another Sales Tax Boat registration quest

Old 10-25-2010, 07:43 PM
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Default Another Sales Tax Boat registration quest

This is my first post. Firstly, I want to say how informative THEHULLTRUTH has been in guiding me through my first boat purchase. Thanks to everyone!!! I am in the final stages of buying a 225 edgewater and am not sure where to register the boat. I live in Massachusetts, I am buying the boat in Florida from a private party, and I plan on using it mostly in Maine (docked at a slip) and sometimes in Massachusetts (very infrequently possible oct, nov for fishing and kept on a trailer) and I am going to store the boat in Maine during the winter. In doing some research it seems that I should register the boat in Maine, Apparently there has been some new legislation reducing the sales tax to 2%. Can anyone verify that this is indeed the case. Also should I register the trailer in Maine also? (My family spends the summer in Maine at a family home, so I do have a permanent address)

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:36 PM
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Register it where it will live the greatest amount of time. Boat and trailer do not have to be registered in the same state, but many states have limits to how long you can be there without vehicle registration. If you want to be safe (and legal), register 'em both the same, and the mailing address for the registrations does not have to be 'in state'. It's not where you live, it's where the boat lives ...
Old 10-26-2010, 03:53 AM
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Based on your predicted usage, it sounds like you should register the boat and the trailer in Maine.

Here is an article that refers to the new 2% sales tax law on boats in Maine:

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Register the boat and trailer in Maine or you "legally" can't have it on a slip or mooring for more than 60 days. You will not have a problem in Mass as the boat is on a trailer.

You'll save a bunch of money and time. Maine trailer plates can be had for multi year terms but the boat is an every year fee unlike Mass that has a 2 year registration cycle. Just to pay for my weight rating on the trailer was going to be something like 200 bucks per year!!!

My own boat has never been Mass registered from the day I bought it.

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