Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Wayne, PA
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I believe in the "common weal" and certainly support paying for public docks, the Coast Guard placing buoys and rescuing folks, conservation efforts and a whole lot of other stuff that has to happen.
I live in Pennsylvania, have a boat in Maryland (registered and sales tax paid to....I don't know, someone wanted tax so I paid it........) I have insurance and try within reason to follow all the rules without going far out of my way to follow rules I have no idea exist.
Please someone tell me I don't owe a "use tax" anywhere I use my boat outside of where it is registered.
As I understand it ( and truth be told my eyes glazed over 15 seconds into the explanation) I paid MD so PA is happy - EXCEPT!! if I bring my boat to PA and stay either:
a) 30 days
b) till someone notices me
c) the new governor discovers the state has a deficit.
Paraphrasing Waylon Jennings on Willie Nelson - If I owe the gov't a hundred dollars I have a problem - if I owe the gov't ten thousand dollars they have a problem.
Obviously being on Sailnet Forum we are all intelligent,reasonable, most likely good looking and for the most part law abiding folks. It ain't fun but I guess for the most part we pay our taxes and our fair share.
But geez it stinks to try to do right while harboring a suspicion that no matter what you do you are somehow, someway, somewhere wrong.