Cape Coral, FL asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Florida

Q: For a documented vessel that is going to be used in the state of Florida do you have to pay sales tax?

Vessel was bought in the state of Florida and is staying in the state. I have heard you do not have to pay sales tax because it is a documented vessel and I have also heard that you do have to pay but only when you sell your vessel.

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: What you have heard, when you think about it, doesn't quite make sense. You heard that YOU don't have to pay the tax, but one has to pay when one sells it; the answer would be one or the other. Review Florida Statute 212.05 (b). I don't see any exception for a "documented vessel". whatever that means.

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