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I have been reading all the posts about Montana LLC's and sales taxes, and use taxes, and registration fees, and insurance, and.....

I am not American, but I would like to register my motorhome somewhere in the US. Mostly because registration in Nova Scotia requires 15% sales tax payment, then a fairly high registration and insurance, plus annual visits to register it and have mechanical inspections done.

In my case I am busy from April to October, so my use will be mostly in the southern US. So it seems proper that the taxes I pay, even though as low as possible, go to some state where I will be using the motorhome.

Legally this will be accomplished by creating a legal incorporation of some sort which will be resident in the state I pick. Likely I will need to file company taxes based on income which will be me paying enough to cover the company's costs, leaving a zero corporate income each year.

Most of the threads seem to focus on either best registration costs, best sales tax situation, state income taxes(which don't apply to me)etc. So, has anyone done a comparison of all the government-related costs, fees, or taxes to determine the best state for owning your motorhome?


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I did mine in Montana. Probably one of the better ones. I heard South Dakota might be good too.

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I bought my used from a individual [no sales tax that way] in GA and then after 6 months titled it in Fla were the tag cost is less than $100. Would have been over $1500 to tag the second time in Ga. I own a rv lot in WPB so titling/tag was not a problem. Fla does not have a income tax and if you have owned it more than 6 months there is not any sales tax. What I save pays the HOA costs and I do not have to worry about finding a place to stay each winter. I'd buy it someplace that does not have sales tax and then after 6 months do the Fla thing. With 5 months to spend in the south you need to consider owning a rv lot in Fla as most rents are $1000-1500/month. Also prices have come down some as sales have slowed. Good luck in your search.

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gonesouth wrote:

I have been reading all the posts about Montana LLC's and sales taxes, and use taxes, and registration fees, and insurance, and.....


A Montana LLC may be your best choice, since the system is already set up there. However two items to consider
  1. You probably could never take it home to Canada
  2. See the current thread on Calif deciding that Montana LLC's mean the rig has to be commercially licensed



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Don't consider Nevada---high annual registration fees. I plan to use LLC in Montana in very near (really near) future. Just had the legal aspects researched & it's doable. Good luck in your search.

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Check out South Dakota, do a search on this forum; there is a web site for a SD mail forwarder that explains the benefits.

Another very useful link is Taxes by State where you will discover why many retirees pick certain states.

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Oregon has no sales tax when you buy, no annual property tax, and low registration fees.


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BaldEagle, when you say no annual property tax, do you also mean on homes?


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HIGH ROLLER wrote:

Don't consider Nevada---high annual registration fees. I plan to use LLC in Montana in very near (really near) future. Just had the legal aspects researched & it's doable. Good luck in your search.


Nevada reg fees vary county to county, I only know one county and it's the highest


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Flyer91 wrote:

BaldEagle, when you say no annual property tax, do you also mean on homes?
No, homes have property tax although not real bad in most areas. State income tax is probably a little higher than average because of no sales tax.

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