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Old 07-01-2019, 11:06 AM   #1
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WA use tax?

WA state requires us to pay a use or sales tax on a purchased trailer. The use tax is calculated based on where you use the trailer first. Use tax varies considerably from county to county, city to city. Anywhere from about 7% to above 10%.

Have any of you WA owners taken advantage of this and somehow proved your first use of the trailer was in a low use tax area? The 3% difference on a $29K 17B purchased from ETI is potentially $900 I could save in use tax.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:11 AM   #2
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They based it on the rate at my home address when I registered my 2014.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:13 AM   #3
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Thanks Paul. I'm trying to avoid my home address because it's in a higher tax area. If I can go stay a night in an RV park a couple of miles east of me, the difference in use tax due is $500!

Assuming I bring the receipt for the night's stay to DMV when I register, I would think that would be my proof of where I first used the trailer.

Has anyone had any luck doing this?
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I think there will be a conflict between your definition of use and the government's definition.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:31 AM   #5
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It's common when purchasing aircraft to land at an airport in a low use tax area. Keeping the fuel receipt as proof has worked when going to DMV. DMV will try to default to your home address, but I've heard if you push them on the law, they will back off and accept the fuel receipt as proof of where the aircraft was first used since that is how the law is worded.

Here is an excerpt from the law:
The use tax rate, unlike the sales tax rate, is calculated on where you first use the article in Washington, not where the sale takes place. The state portion of the tax
is 6.5 percent. Local governments impose their own additional use tax. Depending on the rate of local tax, the combined use tax rate ranges from 7 percent
to 9 percent.

A friend of mine who purchased an aircraft saved several thousand dollars doing just this.
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:04 PM   #6
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I believe the use tax rate is the exact same rate as the sales tax would be if you purchased it in Washington and registered it at your residence.
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:19 PM   #7
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It might come down to the DMV office you take your paperwork to. Call an office in a low tax area and ask if it would make any difference. I agree with the others in that it will probably be determined by your home address.
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Another consideration. Your insurance company will ask where the trailer resides. If you don't tell them the truth, your insurance could be invalid.
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:30 PM   #9
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It's common when purchasing aircraft to land at an airport in a low use tax area. Keeping the fuel receipt as proof has worked when going to DMV.
Since aircraft are very mobile couldn't they argue that you used it first in some other jurisdiction and only landed later in another area to get fuel. I'd still give the old college try though.

Glad, sort of, to see other areas have all sorts of taxes. Our local gas tax for Translink just went up again today. It never ends.

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Your paperwork with your home address will probably be the determining factor as to what the rate will be. Years ago I remember a trucking company driving their rigs out of state on December 31, and then certifying they had no personal property in the state for that year. The state then revoked their business license until the tax was paid... I'm sure others have tried to get around the correct amount due.
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