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Old 04-12-2008, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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When I was in Maine last fall everybody complained about the taxes. That doesn't seem new. Everybody I know complains about taxes unless they are in a persistent, vegetative state.

This excise tax you guys have does rub me the wrong way. That is just plain bull.

Here's my guess. Since you are up there in the most far northeast corner of the country; with nowhere else to go by semi, there aren't enough through traffic truck drivers to tax the bejesus out of. So they soak the citizens to make up the difference. Am I close?

Please don't tell me you Mainers voted for that ridiculous excise tax. I'd have to reform my entire opinion of you, if you did.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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When I was in Maine last fall everybody complained about the taxes. That doesn't seem new. Everybody I know complains about taxes unless they are in a persistent, vegetative state.

This excise tax you guys have does rub me the wrong way. That is just plain bull.

Here's my guess. Since you are up there in the most far northeast corner of the country; with nowhere else to go by semi, there aren't enough through traffic truck drivers to tax the bejesus out of. So they soak the citizens to make up the difference. Am I close?

Please don't tell me you Mainers voted for that ridiculous excise tax. I'd have to reform my entire opinion of you, if you did.
To my observation other states charge 'property taxes' on motor vehicles.

Maine calls those property taxes by the name 'excise tax'.

When we moved to Maine, our vehicle registration fees [including this excise tax] dropped a great deal, as compared to Ct.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:03 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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From the Maine Revenue services website explaining excise tax.

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Excise Tax was designed with equity in mind. In 1925, this tax was enacted as a Maine Law. At that time, the Legislature decided that the fairest tax assessment would be based on what the manufacturer suggests it sell for.
Maine Revenue Services: Property Tax -

In other words, everybody gets screwed equally in the States eyes.

Some other states may charge property tax on vehicles, but I have never lived in one that does other than Maine. My registration fees are WAY higher here than any other place I have lived on the same vehicles.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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To my observation other states charge 'property taxes' on motor vehicles.

Maine calls those property taxes by the name 'excise tax'.

When we moved to Maine, our vehicle registration fees [including this excise tax] dropped a great deal, as compared to Ct.
I can only speak for Ohio, but I have never paid property tax on a vehicle. I pay sales tax when I buy one, and yearly fees for plates and that's all.

When someone first told me about your excise tax I nearly fell out of my chair. I had never heard of such a thing.

In the grand scheme of things I can think of worse.

Jeff
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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I had never paid an excise tax either. In Jersey, it's a flat fee, around $60/ year.

For a two-car family, late model run-of-the-mill sedans, it comes to over $700/year to register them here.

Oh, and it looks as though it will be increasing. The latest proposal? Increase of $10 in reg fee to fund bridge repairs.

And don't forget the latest out of Augusta. Increase in license fee by $15. Apparently it costs that much to ask someone if they're a legal citizen.
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Old 04-12-2008, 07:40 PM
 
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If you want to see how the hungry Maine tax vulcher works, do a google search for "Maine airplane use tax" and you will see that the powers that be have decided that if you are from anywhere in the US that doesn't require you to pay a sales tax on your aircraft (and there are multiple states where that applies)..and you are silly enough to fly to Maine within the first year of owning your plane, and spend 20 consecutive days here, then the tax man will send you a bill for 5% of the purchase price of the aircraft. Now you don't have to be a Maine resident, you didn't purchase the aircraft in Maine, your only mistake was spending 20 consecutive days in Maine within one year of purchasing the plane. There was a story in the BDN a while back where some guy got a tax bill for over a hundred grand for making the mistake of coming to his summer home in his fancy jet! Now that's an aggressive taxman!!
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:15 PM
 
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So let's see...

Joe Schmoe lives in Delaware. Works in Delaware. Uses his Delaware earnings to buy his new plane...in Delaware. Decides to spend the summer up and down the East coast. Spends 3 weeks in Maine..staying in hotels, renting a car, spending tourist money.

Goes home, picks up the mail..and finds a $15,000 tax bill from The State of Maine.

How does that even remotely make sense?? Makes you wonder what's next...RV's would be my guess.
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Old 04-12-2008, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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From the Maine Revenue services website explaining excise tax.


Maine Revenue Services: Property Tax -

In other words, everybody gets screwed equally in the States eyes.

Some other states may charge property tax on vehicles, but I have never lived in one that does other than Maine. My registration fees are WAY higher here than any other place I have lived on the same vehicles.
We have paid them in Ca, and in Wa, and in Ct, and in Va.
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:05 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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Haven't we beaten this dog to death on several other threads?

In WV we pay personal property taxes each year on our vehicles. when we title them in Maine. we will pay what they call excise tax but it's still personal property tax just like we've been paying all our lives. It's not a big deal, we've been paying them all our lives, each and every year.
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Old 04-12-2008, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Haven't we beaten this dog to death on several other threads?
Many times.

I am very glad to be paying so much less in the process as we register our vehicles here in Maine.

We were truly amazed at how much cheaper it has been since moving here.

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