Arthur Laffer Laughs Last – Florida Boating

You can not repeal the law of gravity. (pic via Wiki)

Refloating Florida’s Boats – “What do you do about a tax that costs jobs and raises little money? Florida lawmakers have been pondering that question in relation to the 6% registration tax for owning a boat in the Sunshine State. If you buy a $1 million boat and register it in Florida, you currently pay $60,000 in sales taxes. If you buy the same boat and register it in another coastal state like North Carolina, you pay a maximum of $1,500, in South Carolina $500, and in Rhode Island $600. Even more common is to register the boat in a nearby foreign nation like the Cayman Islands, where you pay close to zero tax. So to refloat the boat business, the Florida House voted last Wednesday to cap the boat sales tax at $18,000. This is roughly the amount of legal costs to register a yacht in the Caymans. Opponents call the repeal a tax cut for the leisure class, and the state’s official revenue estimators predict it will cost $1.4 million a year in lost revenue. This ignores some basic math: Collecting $18,000 per yacht beats getting nothing. According to Florida assemblyman Tom Grady, the sponsor of the bill, ‘You can walk down any dock in Fort Lauderdale, the yacht capital of the country, and you won’t find a single boat over 50-feet long flying a U.S. flag.'”