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I purchased a motor home in Nevada last year and registered it in Montana (no sales tax).   I am contemplating moving to Florida this year.   I was told that if you own motor home for longer than six months Florida will not charge sales tax on the vehicle.

Does anyone have any knowledge of this?  If not I guess I will find out when I call DMV.  

Thanks for your feedback.

 

 

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As long as you were a legal resident of Montana and not just using a shell address there probably won't be a problem. If you were not a legal resident in Montana then you may be opening a very expensive can of worms when you try to register it in Florida. 

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There have been RV forum threads dedicated to part timers who want to beat the system, as Jim stated, and register in States without taxes, and other items. Many states are cracking down on those types of activities. Some states will even compute the difference in the tax rates between states and if you come up short in the new state you may end up paying the difference.

Best advice was what you gave yourself. Call Fl and ask.

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Perhaps this will help answer your question. http://www.sjctax.us/OutOfStateReg.aspx 

6% is the magic number on sales tax collected on any vehicle that becomes titled in Florida, and to be registered in Florida, it must be titled in Florida. I just went through this two years ago while purchasing a new car in Florida, my state Alabama requires 3.5%, Florida added 2.5% for their part, seems crooked but that is the law there.

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Thanks all for the feedback.

Pinellas County Tax Collector website (where I plan to live) states that if you are out of state and have owned the vehicle more than six months no sales tax collected.  Of course it does not say if that includes no sales tax states like Montana.

We'll see.

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The website that I linked to is StJohn county Fl., the whole state is under the same state law, and it does appear that if your coach was titled in the country (USA) and titled in your name for more than six months regardless of whether you paid sales tax or not, you will not need to pay any additional sales tax if Florida.

"If the vehicle is acquired from out of state, 6% Sales Tax is due on the purchase price of the vehicle. If the vehicle was titled in the applicant's name less than 6 months prior to being titled in the state of Florida proof of the purchase price and the amount of sales tax that was paid must be submitted. If the amount paid was less than 6% Florida will collect the difference. If applicant’s residency is outside of St. Johns County there may be an additional Discretionary Tax. If the vehicle was titled in the applicants name for more than 6 months prior to taking title in Florida, no sales tax is due. "

There appears to be a loophole for you!

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When an individual evades paying sales tax by titling the vehicle in Montana, is the vehicle titled in the individuals name or a shell LLC name? 

Like Wayne wrote earlier, several states are making efforts to crack down on these tax cheats and with the financial penalties charged it gets rather expensive. 

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