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Florida/Georgia Tax Question

I have spent all night reading and only successfully confused myself even more. Does anyone know how it would work tax/registration wise if you buy a boat in Florida, but you live in Georgia, and you plan to keep the boat in Florida waters?
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If you buy the boat in Florida and do not move it out of the state within 90 (I think, not certain about that number) days then you will have to pay Florida sales tax on the purchase. If you keep the boat in Florida then it will have to be registered in Florida.

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Generally you have to pay the taxes to the state of 'principal use' ... where you 'use it', not where you live. If you buy it in a state with a lower 'sales, etc.' tax and move it to another state for principal usage, then you owe the 'new' state any 'differences' between the original state tax rate and the new/principal state.

If you plan on state registration, then also the boat must be registered in the state of 'principal usage'.

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Pay the Florida sales/use tax.

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