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Old 11-18-2012, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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You may consider this smart, but I'm gonna question your ethics.
There is nothing immoral or illegal about this as long as he pays the "use tax" every April 15th. The standard calculation of it would be far less than what he had actually saved in sales taxes, but that's all he is required to pay by law. However, if your personal ethics require you to pay more taxes than legally required, you can do that also... just contribute directly to the government!!!!!! I encourage people that want large government to do so.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:31 AM
 
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You may consider this smart, but I'm gonna question your ethics.
Lol, I find this statement so absurd that I was not even going to respond, but if it makes you feel any better: jail me. After all how dare I drive over the state line & try & save my family a few dollars.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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You may consider this smart, but I'm gonna question your ethics.
WOW !

Just Wow !

Coming from someone who wants women to all wear burkhas and keep our mouths shut; and who has stated that Maine women are the homeliest women you have ever seen anywhere.

Yet you consider including taxes and COL into the picture of where to move to, as being unethical?

You are not standing on any ethical high-ground.



Wow !
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:51 PM
 
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I find property taxes much more scary than income taxes. With income taxes you don't pay unless you have earnings so in theory you should have some money to pay taxes with, but with property taxes you can end up owing a lot even with little if any income. :
You are correct... This is so obvious, yet I never really thought about it like that.

I guess when we purchase homes, we don't think about, or dismiss the fact that we may lose or change jobs.
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Old 11-18-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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Well, I think Maine exempted the first $6,000 until this year, when it goes up to $10,000. So yes, if you have a pension under that amount, then Maine might be OK. Why that exemption was raised is because retired people (that pay taxes) are leaving Maine in droves.
Not just them; younger peoplr like me, as well.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:11 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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I find property taxes much more scary than income taxes. With income taxes you don't pay unless you have earnings so in theory you should have some money to pay taxes with, but with property taxes you can end up owing a lot even with little if any income. Years ago my parents almost lost their house because of business problems even though the house was paid for. It was the high (MA) real estate taxes forced on them by all the young families moving into town and voting for one tax override after another. High property taxes can steal the house right out from underneath you. Not so income taxes.
Yup. It's even better when the state cuts funding, refuses to drop mandates, and then forces us to consolidate to 'save' money (which saves someone else money apparently since my property taxes went UP) Fortunately, the townsfolk have wised up now that a ridiculous amount of work went into consolidating. It's funny how being walloped in the pocketbook tends to open eyes to incredibly foolish so-called cost-saving measures.

Personally, I like having curbside garbage pick up.

When the day comes that I have to pay for it on top of my already high property taxes (oh yes, it's coming) then I'll consider saving my family money and move into a mobile home somewhere thus dropping my property tax burden from $3,000.00 per year to $400.00. That way, when my home catches fire and burns flat to the ground because we pretty much have a volunteer fire department, I can hook onto the frame and replace it with a new one at a relatively low cost.

In the interest of fairness, I'll try and wait until my kids graduate from high school.

I have a friend who is an engineer for FairPoint. He moved to NH to save money on income tax in the early 90s, and it was quite a chunk of change. I'm sure he made it up once he built his house, but he eventually sold it at a profit and set about investing in townhouses. He's doing well, but he is a single businessman, sans kids, and is pretty good at making coin.

Last edited by cebdark; 11-19-2012 at 07:15 AM.. Reason: spell check
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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We are not retired. We will be working...so Maine it is.
Maine's population is the same as the population of center city Philadelphia, except spread throughout a very large area. There are probably less jobs here than Philly, but they are spread. Please find a job before you come, because you may not be able to find one when you get here.
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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Maine's population is the same as the population of center city Philadelphia, except spread throughout a very large area. There are probably less jobs here than Philly, but they are spread. Please find a job before you come, because you may not be able to find one when you get here.
I know the stats. My home state is <20m people and my current state is <10m people. Maine is considerably smaller. I'm aware.

We have more than enough savings, and family safety nets, and aren't in the habit of running somewhere to jump on public services if that is your concern. We don't plan on becoming a financial burden on the good citizens of Maine.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:54 PM
 
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I know the stats. My home state is <20m people and my current state is <10m people. Maine is considerably smaller. I'm aware.

We have more than enough savings, and family safety nets, and aren't in the habit of running somewhere to jump on public services if that is your concern. We don't plan on becoming a financial burden on the good citizens of Maine.
well then, welcome to Maine!!



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Old 11-21-2012, 08:00 AM
 
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May I add a warning...

The ladies are insane there
And they sure know how to use it
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