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Boat sales tax

Post By: jdavis      Posted: 6/19/2019 11:38:11 AM     Points: 48    
I am looking to get a new boat from a dealership in another state. The dealership says they are not going to charge me taxes since the boat is for Colorado. Is this normal? Anyone else have experience with this? Thanks!
 Reply by: Toon      Posted: 6/19/2019 11:48:07 AM     Points: 112    
It's lime buying a car out of state. When you go register it, you will have to pay the sales tax in full. Be prepared to cut a check for a few grand depending on the price of the boat......
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 6/19/2019 11:50:44 AM     Points: 48    
I have never been asked about sales tax on any boat when I registered it. The only time I have had to deal with tax is at the dealership.
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 6/19/2019 1:32:21 PM     Points: 63193    
You’ll pay the sale tax when you register your trailer.
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 6/19/2019 1:54:55 PM     Points: 48    
I am told I will get a separate bill of sale for the trailer which will be for 2K.
Has anyone else bought a new boat out of state that can share their experience?
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: 6/19/2019 1:56:53 PM     Points: 165    
The out of state dealer won't collect taxes. You'll pay taxes on the trailer when you register it. The out of state dealer will give you 2 separate bills of sale for the boat and the trailer. See also: [log in for link]

We are just talking about what's collected. As to whether you owe taxes on the boat, you may want to talk to a tax adviser...
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 6/19/2019 2:00:40 PM     Points: 48    
Thanks FXA0!
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 6/19/2019 3:54:08 PM     Points: 28144    
Vehicles that are registered via CPW and do not require a title, such as a boat, atv, snowmobile, etc are not taxed as they are not registered with DMV etc. only reason you would end up paying tax on the boat is if you wanted to trade it in to a dealer out of state that needed the title. You would then have to go in with the MSO (looks like a title) and get a title in your name for it. At that time you would have to pay tax.

If you someday sell it private party, you will not need a title in CO as they are not required.

Trailer will be taxed and registered.
 Reply by: RPG      Posted: 6/19/2019 4:16:39 PM     Points: 6932    
I bought a new boat & trailer out of state. MN, last year. The other state did not tax either. The county clerk in CO called the dealer and asked what I paid for the trailer because the dealer didn't list the price of the boat and trailer separately on the bill of sale. I was taxed in CO only on the value of the trailer which was $2,000.00. I don't remember how much the tax amounted to.
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 6/19/2019 4:51:00 PM     Points: 48    
Thanks Ajax and RPG
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 8/16/2019 8:07:40 AM     Points: 48    
Figured I would post a follow up. I did wind up buying a new boat in Nebraska. I paid no taxes in Nebraska and only paid taxes on a $3K trailer bill of sale in Colorado.

In total I saved myself over 12% the price Crowley Marine quoted me. The savings was from the tax and actual lower boat price.
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 8/16/2019 8:35:49 AM     Points: 28144    
Stories about a new boat without a picture...

Are like stories about a hot girl losing her top without a video....
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: 8/16/2019 9:02:45 AM     Points: 165    
Congrats on the boat! I would be careful about making statements online regarding not paying taxes. Hint: google "use tax in Colorado." Again, I am no tax expert. It's just better to be cautious. And that's all I have to say about that. :)
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 8/16/2019 10:10:33 AM     Points: 48    
Good point Ajax!

 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 8/16/2019 10:16:25 AM     Points: 28144    
She’s a beauty!! Congrats!
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 8/16/2019 12:14:24 PM     Points: 9947    
Man that is a sweet rig. Congrats.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 8/16/2019 3:53:16 PM     Points: 2486    
Makes no sense to buy a new boat in this state. Go across state lines and save thousands in taxes.
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 8/16/2019 5:26:29 PM     Points: 4489    
You are responsible for sales tax on your boat in all fifty states.
I am part owner of the largest Yacht brokerage in the US.
Pay your tax on the boat.
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: 8/16/2019 6:26:48 PM     Points: 48    
sure thing bud..
 Reply by: RogBow      Posted: 8/18/2019 11:12:11 AM     Points: 1663    
Helluva nice new boat.

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