|Quoting SASD209 (Reply 21):|
This is true last time I checked. Towns are very anxious to enforce this as I found out when I came back from college in Maine with ME plates on the car. State police, not so much, but the locals police will give you a hard time.
The state doesn’t care about property taxes, the towns keep all the property taxes. The only time the state would be interested is when people buy and register their cars in New Hampshire, which has no sales tax to avoid the CT
6% sales tax. Get stopped with a NH
registered car and a CT
drivers license with the same name and you can expect a call from the state
A friend of mine who owns a ski house in Vermont bought a new car in CT
at a dealer near his home and registered it in VT
, which at the time had a lower sales tax than CT
and has no vehicle property taxes. The state on an audit of the dealer found this because it was never registered in CT
. He got a letter from the state and he explained that this was strictly his VT
car, he also had another one registered in CT
to commute back and forth and left it up there and only brought it back for servicing and the state accepted his explanation.
We met a couple here in CT
who just moved from Hawaii, they drove around CT
with Hawaii plates for almost a year before they moved back to their home state in California, talk about raising a red flag, but they were never caught.
If you keep your out of town drivers license and are stopped, then you can just claim you are visiting, but if you change over to a CT
drivers license, but keep your car registered out of state in the same name this might raise some eyebrows if stopped.
College towns are aggressive in collecting taxes where students bring their cars from home and do not register them in CT
Where I live, we are very close to the New York border and NY cars are all over the place, if I wanted to, I could register my cars in NY and use my brothers address there to avoid the property taxes, but unless I changed my drivers license over to NY, in case I was stopped or had an accident, this would raise a red flag. If the town found where I live found out about it, they would assess a fine and add interest to the back taxes so its not worth the hassle.