When you start shopping for a new recreational vehicle, keep in mind that the sticker price is not all you'll pay. In addition to what the dealer charges, buyers will be charged sales tax, which drives up the price considerably. Florida has no state income tax, and relies heavily on sales tax to fund the state budget.
State Sales Tax
According to the Florida Department of Revenue, as of 2010 Florida has a 6 percent state sales tax, which is applied to most consumer goods, including recreational vehicles. In addition, many counties have a local-option sales tax. For example, Leon County has a 1.5 percent local option tax on the first $5,000, for a maximum of $75.
If you buy a used RV from a private individual, then you, the buyer, will pay the tax when registering the RV at the tax collector's office. The seller is responsible for recording the price in the appropriate place on the back of the title. If you buy the RV from a dealer, then you pay the dealer, who in turn pays the tax. If you trade in your old RV for a new one, the sales tax will be assessed on the difference in the new vehicle sticker price and the trade-in allowance.
If you buy an RV in another state that has a sales tax less than Florida's, you must pay a use tax when you register the RV in Florida. The local-option sales tax is also due. The use tax amount depends on the sales tax already paid in the original state. For example, if you paid a 4 percent sales tax in another state, then moved to Florida, you would pay a 2 percent use tax when registering the RV.
Russell Roberts started writing professionally in 1975 at "The Decatur Daily" in Alabama. He was a writer and editor at Florida newspapers in Sarasota, Lake City, Tallahassee and Eastpoint. He has won several awards, including a 2007 Florida Press Association honor for columns in the small weekly category. He holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida.