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Question for Florida residents on boat sales tax

CnewbertCnewbert Posts: 117 Baller
I'm guessing some of you Florida residents can give me a knowledgeable answer:

1. If a Florida resident buys a used boat that is currently registered in Florida, do they have to pay FL sales tax on the used boat purchase price when registering it in their name?

2. If a Florida resident buys a used boat from out of state currently registered in that state, do they have to pay a FL sales tax on the used boat purchase price after bringing the boat to Florida and registering it in their name?

Thanks!

Comments

  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,528 Mega Baller
    1&2. Yes.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 592 Crazy Baller
    Yes to both. When you transfer a boat registration from a sale in Florida the tag off will charge you on the sales price of the boat.
    Purchased from another state you bet Florida is going to get the sales tax when you register the boat and trailer for the selling price if the state you bought it in does not.
    One trick you could do is don’t register the boat until the current registration expires. That may buy you some time and just keep the bill of sale handy.
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,107 Mega Baller
    You pay Florida when you register it here. Keeping the bill of sale (if it's dated) can cause you to pay a penalty if you go more than 30 days.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,699 Mega Baller
    Does florida sales tax used trailers?
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,528 Mega Baller
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • CnewbertCnewbert Posts: 117 Baller
    Thanks @lpskier and everyone else.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,699 Mega Baller
    @lpskier gotcha up here we plate trailers on weight not price so I try to get two bills of sale one for the boat one for the trailer and call the trailer as much as possible in the purchase.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,528 Mega Baller
    Florida doesn’t have an income tax. They have to pay the light bill somehow.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
    Wish
  • MillerTime38MillerTime38 Posts: 343 Crazy Baller
    @Cnewbert glad to hear you are still skiing and good luck with the boat purchase. You gonna teach Melanie to drive for you? Still waiting on my ski to get here in Japan but should be here next Friday and then game on 🤙
    mjump
  • CnewbertCnewbert Posts: 117 Baller
    @MillerTime38, yeah, skiing 3x weekly, sometimes 4x. Mainly on Lake Weir these days. Funny, I was just about to PM you on BOS to see if you've been skiing yet in Japan. Looking forward to some reports once your ski arrives! I have a piece of property on the market and when it sells, I'll be getting a boat. Could be tomorrow, could be 3 years from now, you never know with real estate. I've been a boat mooch too long. It's time to contribute. Leaning toward a Prostar and will have my first chance to try one out soon. Melanie is all in for one, so that hurdle is cleared!
    MillerTime38Andre
  • gdetraygdetray Posts: 31 Baller
    edited July 9
    Florida boats used exclusively on private lakes are exempt from titling and registration. Get a separate bill of sale for the trailer, if you have one, so you can get a tag.
    https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicles-tags-titles/vessels/vessel-titling-registrations/
    Wish
  • WishWish Posts: 7,794 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    "Vessels used exclusively on private lakes and ponds".

    Wonder if that means any lake without a public acces/ramp? Vast majority of lakes in FL have no public access. Can one insure a boat without a title or registration?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • gdetraygdetray Posts: 31 Baller
    I'm not sure what they consider a "private" lake, but I have insurance on my boat, they just needed a VIN.
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