Registering under a Montana LLC

javajoe79

Fabricator
Can you expand on that. What pitfalls are you aware of recently?
When I lived in Cali I knew several people who drove cars that would not pass Cali smog so they registered them in other states. Often times police will keep track of out of state plates that they see. So you only get to use the "just visiting" excuse once. I have seen this end up in court with a seized vehicle. These were also cars that drew attention to themselves in various ways so there is that.
 

Role1133

New member
Just to follow up on this thread, I went through the LLC process this past summer registering the ole girl in Montana. The process was fairly easy and the cost was in the $1000 dollar range. I used 49dollarmontanaregiseredagent.com great folks who were very helpful through the entire process.
 

4000lbsOfGoat

Well-known member
The reality is if it a daily driver, or parked on the street or in view from the street, you will eventually probably get caught.
Get "caught" doing what? The vehicle happens to be owned by a corporation that is based in Montana. You happen to be using it in another state. There is nothing to be "caught" doing...Commercial vehicles are often registered in states other than the state where the business operates. It's one of the benefits of living in a union of states.

I have all of my vehicles registered to a Montana LLC. It's not an attempt to avoid paying taxes anywhere - in fact Montana registration is much more expensive than many other states - it is a convenience for me since I live on the road and don't have a "permanent address" otherwise....
 

quickfarms

Adventurer
Get "caught" doing what? The vehicle happens to be owned by a corporation that is based in Montana. You happen to be using it in another state. There is nothing to be "caught" doing...Commercial vehicles are often registered in states other than the state where the business operates. It's one of the benefits of living in a union of states.

I have all of my vehicles registered to a Montana LLC. It's not an attempt to avoid paying taxes anywhere - in fact Montana registration is much more expensive than many other states - it is a convenience for me since I live on the road and don't have a "permanent address" otherwise....
California has its own laws

If you are a resident of California you have 20 days to register your vehicles in California

If you are a corporation with a location in California the vehicles have to be registered in California, this is a really big issue with the construction industry but California is such a big marker they comply.

You are allowed to bring a non California compliant vehicle into California for interstate commerce but not for intrastate commerce. An example is if you have a load to Los Angeles, you can pick up a load and leave the state but you can not pick up a load and take it to say San Diego and unload and pick up another load .

The vehicles owned by corporations and non residents are treated the same in California. They can not legally be in the state for more than 6 months without being registered in California
 

DzlToy

Explorer
Most, if not all STATES, have similar policies, rules, codes and statutes. From my post about a year ago:

The same is true for registering a privately owned automobile in the name of a private trust, LLC, PUA/TUA, 501/508 or other entity. If the car/truck/van is legally owned by an LLC registered in Wyoming, it matters not where the beneficial user resides. Hint: don't be a resident, anywhere. This is not a scam, a loop hole or a trick. It is smart business, asset management, estate planning and fiscally prudent.
 

4000lbsOfGoat

Well-known member
If you are a resident of California you have 20 days to register your vehicles in California
A Montana corporation is not a resident of California, it is resident in Montana.

If you are a corporation with a location in California the vehicles have to be registered in California
A Montana corporation does not have a location in California, only in Montana.

Hint: don't be a resident, anywhere.
That isn't quite so easy to do since you need to have a driver's license from *some state*....
 

billiebob

Well-known member
I loved this story. EDIT... John Kerry.... bought a yacht and...

He is docking his family’s new $7 million yacht in Rhode Island, not Massachusetts, so he can save $500,000 in Bay State taxes. If the boat were docked at his summer vacation home on Nantucket, he would have to fork over $437,000 in a one-time sales tax and $70,000 in annual excise taxes

Eventually he caved in and registered it in Massachusetts.
 
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slowtwitch

Adventurer
I loved this story. Joe Biden bought a yacht and...

He is docking his family’s new $7 million yacht in Rhode Island, not Massachusetts, so he can save $500,000 in Bay State taxes. If the boat were docked at his summer vacation home on Nantucket, he would have to fork over $437,000 in a one-time sales tax and $70,000 in annual excise taxes

Eventually he caved in and registered it in Massachusetts.
Those details are about John Kerry.

Go Interwebs!
 
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