Posted September 17th, 2007 @ 04:17pm by Erik J. Barzeski
A woman from the PA Fish and Boat Commission called me Friday regarding my two applications for kayak registration. You know, the kayaks (here and here) that I bought in Florida while I was living in Florida.
She told me that because the boats were relatively new (March, 2004 being the newer of the two), I'd have to pay PA sales tax on them at their fair market value or produce a purchase order which shows that I've already paid sales tax (presumably she meant Florida sales tax).
What the heck makes PA think they're entitled to sales tax on kayaks I purchased in another state? It's already been paid. It's very easy to prove that I did indeed live in Florida when the kayaks were posted. My tax returns, for one…
At this point, I'm not entirely sure what to do. I could find a dealer to assess the two $600 boats at a "fair market value" of $300 or something and pay the sales tax, but that just seems to go against the principle of the thing. Or perhaps I can see if the places from which I bought them still have receipts (highly unlikely - and what would I do if I bought one over the Internet and from out of state and didn't pay sales tax back then).
I can't help but feel screwed by the PA over this. This is ridiculous. It's stupid that I need to register kayaks to begin with and it's ludicrious to think PA feels entitled to sales tax on items that weren't sold in PA or to a resident of PA.