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Old 01-09-2004, 04:25 PM
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Thanks guys , The boat is going to north east Tennesse. It's used . If anyone can give me some details , please e-mail me @ [email protected] . Thank you for the help . Joe
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Old 01-09-2004, 09:26 PM
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There is a way to legally avoid sales tax, however you need to invest $ to do it. It is worthwhile to do if you purchase a boat in excess of $300,000.00. If you have questions you can e-mail me at [email protected]
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Old 01-09-2004, 09:40 PM
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Originally posted by Partycove
Missouri if you document it you do not have to pay sales taxes. But I am not sure if you have to live there or not.
Ahh..but you do have a registration tax in missouri

In-lieu watercraft tax based on the purchase price of the vessel or proof that applicable taxes have been paid (trade-in credit is not allowed). If you purchased your vessel between August 28, 1990 and August 28, 1994, the old tax rate must be used. If the vessel was purchased after August 28, 1994 the new tax rate is used.
Net Purchase Price Old Tax New Tax
$50,000 or less $300 $650
$50,001 to $100,000 $600 $1,250
$100,001 to $150,000 $900 $1,850
$150,001 to $200,000 $1,200 $2,450
$200,000 and above $1,500 $3,050
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:27 PM
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I don't know if this helps or not, but here goes.

You say the boat is going to Tennessee. Arkansas does not have any sales tax on used boats. Don't know if this helps or not?

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Old 01-09-2004, 10:34 PM
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I registered all 4 of my boats in Delaware. 0% taxes Never a problem and you don't even need a Del. address. I was once stopped by a water cop and he asked my why do I live in PA. n have a boat registered in Del. I said this is the del. river right ?
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Old 01-09-2004, 10:46 PM
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I just read in the local paper tonight about a Mass. cop that lived in NH (no tax state) allowed several Massachusett friends and/or co-workers use his home address to register their cars/boats/ect. He has been arrested for it.
I'm not saying I wouldn't do it, don't get me wrong, Just saying cover your bases before you do anything. I think it is a very stiff penalty if caught. (IF)
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Old 01-09-2004, 11:35 PM
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Originally posted by Cessna172
New Hampshire does not have sales tax, but you need to live here to register anything here. Several people get a PO box in NH and try to get away with it that way. Easier to get away with with boats than auto's.
You do not have to live in NH. I used to register in NH and I did not live there.

You are sapposed to register your boat in the state that you do the most boating in. I now register in Maine.

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