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Old 05-28-2014
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Re: Skipping CA tax ?

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.....It seems you can't even hire a delivery crew.
Having purchased several boats and aircraft in other states, I can say that is a very strict application of the out of state exemption. In most cases, you simply need to remove the property from the state. The only stress I've ever had is that some State's make a deadline very clear, while others use vague language like "immediately" remove and you don't really know if you complied.

It would seem that CA intends to aggressively collect their use tax. Buyer beware.

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Re: Skipping CA tax ?

You can usually find out both the right way the wrong way and the grey way to deal with taxes by talking to an active broker in the state you have in mind.

Even if you are interested in a private sail their is no reason you can't talk to a broker and give him a shot at selling you a one of his boats. He may get lucky you never know. During that discussion ask about the taxes.

Talking to the taxing authority would authoritative but they will not give you any creative ideas.
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Re: Skipping CA tax ?

The OP states "keep the boat until next Summer (full year) in CA and sail it" That is use in California. He does not want to pay the tax but he wants to use the CA facilities. Pay the tax! Who should pay for the breakwater maintenance, the dredging, the bouys, the harbor patrol,... If it is too expensive at Marina Del Rey, buy it elsewhere and maintain it elsewhere. Buy the boat in Nevada to avoid the ax; of course there are problems with that.
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Re: Skipping CA tax ?

Catching up.

First, not a full year, I was stating next summer, I meant THIS summer, I.e. 3-4 months.
My bad.
As out off state resident, it is legal to do an offshore delivery, keep the boat less than 6 months in CA and move it out of the state. I won't discuss if this is fair or not for Californian tax payers, but it is legal.
CA brokers seem to be used to offshore deliveries, it looks like common practices.

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Re: Skipping CA tax ?

6 months!?! I'm surprised to hear that California allows you 6 months to move your boat before you have to pay use tax on a purchase. Of all the states that charge a use tax on the sale/purchase of a boat, this is the first that I have heard of that allows more than 3 months. I have to wonder, are you sure about that?
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