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Offline white-eagle

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bus licensing in what state?
« on: June 21, 2011, 05:58:16 AM »
i just received my license plate notice from SD.  $340 for my bus and van, or $440 if i wait until July to renew, and they don't expire until July 31.

i'm starting to again debate the wisdom of SD as my home state vs florida.

neither has state income taxes, and we won't be spending much time in either state to use up their taxes anyway.  i may "re-locate" to Florida.

how much are plates in other states?  just my eagle is $284 (or $350 next month). in SD
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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 06:12:53 AM »
Tom, your bus would be $55.00 for 2 years here in AZ only requirement is AZ insurance and address you can keep the drivers license from any state lot's of my friends use my address and you are welcome to do the same 

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011, 06:57:51 AM »


The tag for"HUGGY"

is the same as my car.  28:00$ And the insurance is cheaper than on my old 750 honda.

and the taxes on a 1953 house car.  almost nothing.

Every thing in NC is cheap including me.

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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2011, 07:13:01 AM »
Tom, your bus would be $55.00 for 2 years here in AZ only requirement is AZ insurance and address you can keep the drivers license from any state lot's of my friends use my address and you are welcome to do the same 

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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2011, 07:19:04 AM »
$119.50 in Wisconsin for a Motorhome 26,000# and above.  Insurance is $600.00/year for us.

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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2011, 07:29:51 AM »
 309 here in so. Nv, hadn't gone up yet, but it will I suppose :-\
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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2011, 07:36:33 AM »
hre in Illinois  its 102.00

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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2011, 07:37:31 AM »
309 here, hadn't gone up yet, but it will I suppose :-\

your post doesn't have a state! ???   seems kind of high like SD, so maybe i don't care tho  ;)
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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2011, 07:45:33 AM »
Nevada, $49.00 this year,on the Eagle, but Nevada dam sure makes up for it on our newer rigs.
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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2011, 08:21:48 AM »
Something that could be a bigger issue than tag cost is insurance cost.  Insurance costs can vary widely from state to state and even from city to city in the same state.  Doesn't Florida have some sort of state tax on unearned income (investment returns)?

Minnesota would be a horrible state for a homebase, but they charge by weight for motorhomes.  I pay around $280 a year for my plates.  Gumpy has managed to get collector plates for his bus, but the state claims that RVs can't get collector plates, but the statutes don't exclude RVs.  My bus isn't even close to old enough to qualify for collector plates.  I know that collector plates are dirt cheap compared to regular RV plates.
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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2011, 08:23:13 AM »
Tom,

FWIW, we are just about to change to SD.  When you factor in all the costs, it comes out on top, even with the higher registration.  Some things to consider, in addition to taxes on income, both earned and passive, as well as license and registration fees, are the costs of insurance -- health, liability, and vehicle.

As every full-timer should know, there are only seven states with no income tax.  They are:
Alaska
Florida
Nevada
South Dakota
Texas
Washington
Wyoming

Of these, some, like Texas, base registration on weight, and some, like Nevada, have an ad valorem fee.  Some, like Washington (where we currently domicile) have very high sales tax, which makes acquiring any new vehicles such as tow cars more expensive.

As a reminder to full-timing newcomers, you really need to do everything in one state to be safe; driver license, registration, insurance, voting, and taxes.  The days of getting away with the Chinese-menu approach ended when Colorado jailed several people for registering their rigs under Montana LLCs.  No matter what the state of registration tells you (e.g. Arizona, which, as Clifford said, does not care where you domicile as long as you pay them their registration fee, or Montana, who is happy to have your LLC in their state), your state of domicile can come after you for tax evasion if you register your rig "out of state."  And lots of states consider you domiciled there if you have a license of any kind, hold real property for personal use, or receive a payment of any kind.  Some states consider you domiciled there if you spend more than a certain amount of time in the state either continuously (e.g. Florida, 90 days) or annually (such as California, 180 days).

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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2011, 10:03:57 PM »
TN = $24 year - and if your late renewing there's no penalty and they start the new year when you pay your registration - FWIW
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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2011, 02:29:57 AM »

As a reminder to full-timing newcomers, you really need to do everything in one state to be safe; driver license, registration, insurance, voting, and taxes.  The days of getting away with the Chinese-menu approach ended when Colorado jailed several people for registering their rigs under Montana LLCs. 

  This needs to be repeated so everyone gets it. All the higher tax states are looking for income now that they are getting pinched in the dying economy, and they will find it any way they can. If your claiming residence in another state, make sure you can back it up. A PO Box isnt going to cut it if they start asking questions.

 

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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2011, 03:41:37 AM »
Hey Tom, I know of a Florida address that is available if you need it.  Tell Sis HI.  Jack
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Re: bus licensing in what state?
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2011, 06:49:22 PM »
Nevada, $49.00 this year,on the Eagle, but Nevada dam sure makes up for it on our newer rigs.
Matt

Well Battle Mountain is a lot cheaper then Elko County Here in Wells 385 this year last year first licence was over seven hundred.


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