After reading yesterday’s blog, a regular reader posted a couple comments suggesting that people form an LLC and avoid all the registration hassles from their state. For those who haven’t heard the term before, an LLC is a limited liability corporation. Many people form them in Montana, which welcomes out-of-state residents to do so. To hear the guys that are making money forming them talk, it’s a great way to save a fortune on taxes and registration. Well, maybe not.
I have been preaching against setting up a Montana LLC to avoid paying sales taxes on an RV for years. It’s popular with people who live in a state with high registration costs and sales taxes who want to save money. However, it can really bite you in the butt if your home state catches you. Fines can be well over $10,000 and several states are actively looking for residents who do this, including Colorado, Arizona and California. Another state that frowns on LLCs is Iowa. Go back to yesterday’s blog and read the comment by longtime reader Gary Hershlander, who formed a Montana LLC and found himself in court facing both civil and criminal penalties.
There are also problems for fulltimers who use LLCs. In one case I know of, there was a major accident and the RVer’s insurance company would not pay because he bought the insurance as a private individual and the RV was registered to an LLC, which is a company. They said he needed commercial insurance. There have been other problems, including California demanding road taxes because an RV licensed to an LLC is considered a commercial vehicle. We also had a subscriber whose bank called the loans on his RV and car because by setting up an LLC he had limited his personal liability and they loaned the money to buy the RV based upon his creditworthiness.
There are several paralegals and attorneys in Montana who advertise in RV magazines to set up LLCs for RVers and, of course, they will assure you this will never happen. A few years ago one of these outfits challenged me for writing about my stand on this. I replied that if he would buy a $100,000 insurance bond to guarantee to protect me if I got in trouble with his LLC, I would not only set one up, but would admit I was wrong and promote it in every issue of the Gypsy Journal. He declined. I wonder why.
Here is an excellent article on Montana LLCs with a lot of information that you need to read and understand before you think about setting one up.
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Thought For The Day – In my defense, I was left unsupervised.