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Old 09-28-2020, 05:44 AM
 
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Hello everybody, I am thinking about becoming an official SD resident while i spend most of the time in other parts of the Country.

I found out online that you only have to spend a night a year every year in South Dakota.If i register my vehicles in your state would i have to register to vote in South Dakota or could i vote in my main state instead???Thanks in advance,South Dakotans.I looked on professor google and there was nothing helpful on there.
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Old 09-28-2020, 08:14 AM
 
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If you become a resident of SD, it is "advisable" to register to vote in SD to prevent the idea that you are using SD as a tax avoidance vehicle. There is no law that states that you must register to vote, however if you still have ties to another state, while claiming tax status in SD as a resident, you will red flag yourself as someone who is not really a resident.

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Old 09-28-2020, 11:42 AM
 
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All I see here is someone who is Uber wealthy with multiple homes across the country wanting to use South Dakota and vote democratic in their preferred state.
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Old 09-28-2020, 05:06 PM
 
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All I see here is someone who is Uber wealthy with multiple homes across the country wanting to use South Dakota and vote democratic in their preferred state.
Actually, I only have one home and i am a registered Republican.

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Old 09-28-2020, 05:09 PM
 
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If you become a resident of SD, it is "advisable" to register to vote in SD to prevent the idea that you are using SD as a tax avoidance vehicle. There is no law that states that you must register to vote, however if you still have ties to another state, while claiming tax status in SD as a resident, you will red flag yourself as someone who is not really a resident.

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Thanks for the tip.All my research indicates you are a resident if you spend at least one night in the state of South Dakota a year.

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Old 09-28-2020, 06:29 PM
 
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Thanks for the tip.All my research indicates you are a resident if you spend at least one night in the state of South Dakota a year.
Whether or not you owe tax to another state depends only on that other state's tax laws, not South Dakota's.

Every state is different. But, in general, if you're spending most of your time in a state, you'll owe taxes to that state. And if it's a state with high income taxes, most likely they'll be very aggressive in their definition of what makes you qualify to owe them taxes. Even if you aren't a resident, states with high income taxes are aggressive about making nonresidents pay tax for the portion of the year they reside in that state.

You should talk to an accountant in the state(s) you plan to spend time in.
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Old 09-28-2020, 06:32 PM
 
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Whether or not you owe tax to another state depends only on that other state's tax laws, not South Dakota's.

Every state is different. But, in general, if you're spending most of your time in a state, you'll owe taxes to that state. And if it's a state with high income taxes, most likely they'll be very aggressive in their definition of what makes you qualify to owe them taxes. Even if you aren't a resident, states with high income taxes are aggressive about making nonresidents pay tax for the portion of the year they reside in that state.

You should talk to an accountant in the state(s) you plan to spend time in.
Okay thanks for the clarification.

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Old 09-28-2020, 07:07 PM
 
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This is a common situation. Register vehicles, hold a driver license and set up shop here without actually living here. It is common for Nebraska residents to do that. I can see the appeal. Pay less in fees. No personal property tax in South Dakota. We collect the money, and have have to completely provide you a service.

Now, back home or wherever you are domiciled, you’re living there. You may pay property tax, you may pay sales tax. It seems like a lot of work to save a few dollars and maybe deprive the locale of some tax money. As much as I dislike paying taxes, it is necessary for things like roads, schools, emergency services.

Is it permissible? Maybe. It is also ethical?
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:43 PM
 
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All I see here is someone who is Uber wealthy with multiple homes across the country wanting to use South Dakota and vote democratic in their preferred state.
the majority of wealthy people dont have multiple homes so thats just a stereotype of rich people.
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Old 09-28-2020, 07:47 PM
 
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This is a common situation. Register vehicles, hold a driver license and set up shop here without actually living here. It is common for Nebraska residents to do that. I can see the appeal. Pay less in fees. No personal property tax in South Dakota. We collect the money, and have have to completely provide you a service.

Now, back home or wherever you are domiciled, you’re living there. You may pay property tax, you may pay sales tax. It seems like a lot of work to save a few dollars and maybe deprive the locale of some tax money. As much as I dislike paying taxes, it is necessary for things like roads, schools, emergency services.

Is it permissible? Maybe. It is also ethical?
As a Christian i would consider it ethical as long it was legal because Christ said "Render unto Caesar's what is Caesar's".I would use any tax avoidance strategy as long it was legal.
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