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"...I have read elsewhere on these forums that Texas sales taxes (6.25%) can be avoided if I were to register my boat as a Canadian vessel. And I wouldn't have to pay any Canadian taxes if the boat is never brought into Canadian waters.
My intention is to sail in the Gulf area for a while and eventually make my way to the Caribbean - so I will never bring the boat into Canada, or back to Texas...."

It doesn't sound like she's going back to Canada- at least not with the boat. Sounds like she just doesn't want to pay any unnecessary expenses. I can't blame her for that!
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The email I provided was not 'bogus'.
It was provided by Mart Treder, who is on your list.
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While I agree it doesn't apply to this purchase, there is a Transport Canada appointed Tonnage Surveyor in Texas. It is on the link you provided. Scroll down a bit.

My apologies, you are correct.

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" Bottom line? Pay the tax man, register or title your boat in your home. Don't like the taxes? Change homes! That's the only way the tax men aren't going to be watching you.
Good advice. I know many people who have decided they just wouldn't pay because the government was not in a position to just take the money. This can really hurt. When the CRA catches up, often during an audit, they can and have applied a fine equal to the amount in question.

If you do find yourself on the wrong side of such an issue take the first CRA offer. One group I worked with found themselves on the wrong side of a tax change. The one guy who took the CRA first offer was much better off than the group that got lawyers. He only paid a 10% fine, the others, 100%. A very nasty system where fair has no play.

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Hej Tanny,

I agree with a lot of the above and there is some very sound advice filtering through and yes it can be a mine field as I have found out to my cost.

I bought in Fl and was given duff advice. I kept the boat in Fl undergoing major work whilst I could afford and that dragged out. I was told that was fine, only to find out later that unless the boat remains under the supervision of a tax dept registered yard, then I had 90 days to remove her after the sale or pay fl sales tax. Duty was already paid so that was not an issue.
I never received title and this has become an issue. I was given the historic bills of sale, which will suffice in the UK (where I am from), but apparently not in the US. I did have a cruising permit for Florida, but as pointed at above, it can be a pain in the butt. In hindsight, I wish I had just paid the Fl sales tax and registered her in Florida, which would have ensured I had title.
BVI's - agree is a cheaper option but like your stance on your own flag. Fly it proudly in my opinion. You guys are running a great Olympics
In summary and to get to the point – I urge you to talk to a doc agent versed in international sales.
I seriously recommend ASAP Marine in Fort Lauderdale. Give Lisa a call. She helped me fix the mess I found myself in after getting specialist advice that left me foul of a number of laws and authorities. ASAP talk sense and specialise in international sales. They are not Texan, granted, but deal with boat purchases from all over the US and world. They really have proved to be amazingly versed in how to deal with things and their fees are worth every penny.
Don’t trust an owner or broker to get this right. They make mistakes and don’t have your best interest at heart - they just want your money. If the boats over $100k I would give ASAP a call. They are very familiar with BVI's Delaware Canada, UK and US registrations and tax requirements and will help you deal with what’s best for you with the minimum of fuss.
Ask the experts!

Good luck and don’t let the paperwork or fees put you off

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