Thursday, August 18, 2005

No sales tax and low registration fees driving RVers to Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. As the summer sun baked the bustling asphalt parking lot at Bretz R.V. and Marine, Stuart and Tippy Reid and their little dog, Alex, sank into the leather chairs and sofa in their air-conditioned motor coach and waited for the paperwork on their new vehicle - and their new limited liability corporation.

"I was skeptical," said Mr. Reid, a retired elementary school principal. "I've seen different kinds of tax dodges and things. But the more I read about it, I learned it was entirely legal."

The phenomenon of forming a corporation in Montana to skirt sales tax is the talk of R.V. campgrounds and chat rooms and brings those with wanderlust here from all over - California, Florida, even overseas - to buy a luxury vehicle that typically costs $150,000 to $300,000 new at Bretz or to register one bought elsewhere. Full Story...

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