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Old 11-21-2022, 08:51 AM   #21
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In my 88 years on my farm I have never seen a headcounter. Nor have any of my fellow farmers. Can't figure how anyone knows there are 400 souls in Kenedy County.

Currency + Time + Energy = A very good day.
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Old 11-21-2022, 09:35 AM   #22
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You folks in many US states have my sympathies. It pains me to hear of the troubles you must go through.

I sure hope it doesn't change here in Alberta. You take your bill or sale to a registry office and pay a small amount for a lifetime registration on the trailer, with no need to change anything as long as you own it. I think mounting the license plate took as long as the time at the desk getting the registration.

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Old 11-22-2022, 05:25 PM   #23
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I wonder if a Canadian may have to jump through even more hoops to get an American trailer registered here?

BTW we spent 3 wonderful weeks in San Saba, then Houston and then Galveston in our Escape in winter of 2019 and wow, did we ever have a lot of fun in Texas Also managed to spend the evening of Mardi Gras in downtown Galveston with the big parade and party.... that was a ton of fun!!
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Old 11-22-2022, 09:19 PM   #24
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Thumbs up Back to Texas..............believe that was in the OP's topic line?

Got the VTR-68-A VIN Law Enforcement inspection in Burnet, Tx Monday AM. Painless and quick, Thank you Deputy, though an 85 mile round trip in the early AM rain (beats crossing east thru Austin to Manor for me) and $40. Then went ahead and got the $7 "Safety Inspection" locally, though technically not required - just in case.

Walked in to the new Travis County Tax Assessor office in NW Austin (Cedar Park?) on RM 620 (though I has an appointment scheduled for the end of November) - no line - no wait. In and out (Burgers anyone?) in about 15 minutes and a few thousand $ lighter. Was charged 6.25% tax on the "base" price of the trailer only...... Woo Hoo!

Walked out with a license plate / registration sticker for such and title to come via snail mail......

Answered ETI's sales tax survey and gave them a PDF of the tax paid.

Can I go camping now?.....Please!
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Old 11-23-2022, 12:29 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by 7Gentex View Post
...Walked out with a license plate / registration sticker for such and title to come via snail mail......
Congratulations and Have Fun Now!
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Old 11-23-2022, 06:02 AM   #26
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Florida allows pre-registration. I had a tag and had applied for a title before leaving for Chilliwack. As part of the process, I paid the appropriate sales tax at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) based upon the bill of sale provided by ETI. That was in May of 2015.

Nine months later, In January of 2015 I received a threatening letter from the Florida Department of Revenue (DR) stating that I needed to pay sales tax on a trailer purchased outside of the State of Florida. How did DR know I purchased a trailer? I would presume from DMV records. How else would they know? If DMV records were the source of information, then DR should have known that the sales tax had been paid to DMV at the time of registration. But no, doesn’t work that way. I had to mail copies of documentation from the DMV to the DR (located in Tallahassee in close proximity to the DMV) in spite of the fact that both agencies, like every other organization have easily retrieved computer records.

I have not yet determined how to classify my experience, but have narrowed it down to three possible scenarios:
1) The left hand of government doesn’t know (or care) what the right hand is doing,
2) I’m from the government, and I’m (not really) here to help you,
3). I’m too lazy to do my job so you, the purchaser, should jump through hoops and do my job for me.

What a long strange trip it’s been!
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