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Old 04-29-2014, 11:47 PM   #21
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Does everybody go to Price Creek to avoid taxes?
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:04 AM   #22
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:46 AM   #23
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Now I am a little more confused. What tax bill from NC? Your city and county property tax bill? How much can that be??

Combined, on my Hatteras, from Carteret and Morehead City they came to about $1100 a year. For that, I got the services of the police and sheriffs department and the fire and emergency services folks and other things that are nice to have near and for my boat.

When the boat was registered in Rhode Island, just paid $600 to RI, then paid about $250 tax and another $300 fee to Westport Mass for our time in their harbor. Not a bad deal since weekly at-the-mooring pump out was included in the deal in addition to other services. I have to hand it to the town clerk, they still send me tax bill every year and we haven't been there since 2010.

Sounds like you are spending more money to avoid taxes than the taxes themselves?
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:07 AM   #24
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If you stay on the run you may be able to avoid paying personal property taxes on your boat. The law varies state by state and sometimes county by county. For example, in MD you pay a one time sales tax, then nothing more. In SC you pay personal property tax to the county you live in or if you live out of state, to the county the boat is in. (That's my personal knowledge and experience, not reliable tax advice.)

The question is, it worth the trouble and expense? In some states or counties, a typical trawler would qualify for a much lower tax rate as a second home.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:11 AM   #25
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.............. One thing about the Dewee's Creek anchorages there are some places where you can get the big boat pretty snug to the shore. Do you trust your dogs to swim over and back? ...........
I've seen alligators near there. I wouldn't send my dogs swimming to shore.
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Old 04-30-2014, 07:18 AM   #26
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Tax avoidance-----no problem. Tax evasion-----big problem.
It can be a fine line between the two. And the tax man can take your money and leave it up to you to prove that he shouldn't have.

In Charleston there is a private citizen who owns a small boat who has made it his mission in life to see that large boat owners are charged personal property taxes on their boats. He rides around and spots them, then hassles the tax office to make sure they bill the owners for taxes. One case that made the news involve a very large yacht and approximately $300K in tax. It made the TV news.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:39 PM   #27
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I've seen alligators near there. I wouldn't send my dogs swimming to shore.
so far the dogs haven't been eaten. We saw a big one in Barefoot, but that was the only one we saw.

No tax bill yet.
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:41 AM   #28
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so far the dogs haven't been eaten. We saw a big one in Barefoot, but that was the only one we saw.
We've seen them on the ICW near Price Creek and even seen them next to our marina. Not often but once is all it takes. They love dogs.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:03 PM   #29
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We've seen them on the ICW near Price Creek and even seen them next to our marina. Not often but once is all it takes. They love dogs.
Yes I was told they are attracted by barking dogs or swimming dogs. We saw another one in Georgetown, but not that big. I was warned by the locals to keep an eye on my dogs, however. Good advice and well received. I love my dogs too!

Several years ago we were at a marina where the locals fed them marshmellows! He was like the dang mascot and I couldn't believe it! Then they warned me to keep my dog out of the water or he would risk being eaten. Cruising is a learning experience.

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