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Re: Boat Ownership and Taxes
Don't be confused by this. Interstate commerce laws prevent States from assessing taxes, unless they can establish the transaction or usage within their boarders. In fact, if you simply trailer your boat through your home state, to get to it's permanent marina, it is specifically exempt from the State having any right to tax. Otherwise, all road and rail transportation would be taxable in every state they crossed.
That said, most States are looking for the cheaters vigorously. They will check every single USCG documentation mailing address and, if they find an address in their state, they will send you a letter asking for their taxes. Assuming the boat was never there, you just have to prove it, with your bill of sale, marina rentals, etc. Be sure to keep them all. BTDT.
Further, the waiting periods, as mentioned, in the various State's, are often immediate, if you do in fact use or buy your boat in your home state. The waiting periods, which are most typically around 90 days, only apply to residents of other states to accommodate transients.
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