Florida residency always has an appeal to most folks, especially when they dream of retirement with sunny skies, beautiful beaches, and most importantly winters with no snow. While Florida Residency isn’t a new phenomena, more and more families are searching for Florida Residency Requirements to see if they can make Florida their domicile.
An overwhelming majority of ‘new’ Florida residents are part-time. Often called ‘snowbirds’ if they are from the north, or ‘half-backs’ if from the Carolinas or Mid-Atlantic, these families are the lifeblood of many cities and counties in the state. Given their part-time status, these folks generally start vacationing in Florida at some point to find themselves then coming down and purchasing a second home. Once the second home is purchased, many will begin spending 3 or 4 months during the winter season in Florida, and then find themselves staying longer and longer each year until they are in the state close to half the year.
Because our consultants lecture on Florida Residency Requirements at length, we are often asked what one should do to start the process of becoming a Florida Resident. Our instant reply is that they have already taken one quality step in the right direction in attending our lecture, as thought and planning are one of the most critical components when it comes to Florida and it’s residency requirements. Establishing Florida Residency is perceived as a cut and dried process by most people. And to a degree, they are mostly correct. Florida welcomes new residents with open arms. If you have a Florida address, rented or owned, you can be a resident as soon as you complete the laundry list of items toward residency. What most individuals fail to understand though, is that it usually isn’t Florida that you need to be concerned with…rather, your focus should be on your northern state, a.k.a. the other state where you spend your time.
Florida Residency Requirements are not as simple as getting a driver’s license and voter registration in the state. Some of the most important items on our Florida Residency Checklist are actions that help separate you from your northern state. These actions are defined quantifiable steps that every part-time Florida resident should complete in their entirety. In addition to these steps though, are the fact pattern of your behaviors. Many people will complete our Florida Residency Requirement Checklist and feel they are finished with their ‘objective’ toward Florida Residency. Your behavior will tell a State Auditor much more about your residency than anything else could though. Behaviors such as purchasing goods and services in your northern state, utility bills such as cell phones, electric bills, water usage, or even mail and your address of record can all be indicators to where your true residency lies.
We are fortunate to be able to provide Florida Residency Requirement Checklists to our customers, and even more importantly, our CEO has written a mini e-book that is attached with any Florida Residency Requirement Checklist. The mini e-book covers some of the common behavior pitfalls many people can fall into. It also includes some best practices and tips when completing the Florida Residency Requirement Checklist. Florida residency is appealing for so many reasons. Doesn’t it make sense to be sure you aren’t making any mistakes that could cause your northern state to reclaim you as a resident? Northern states are generally not forgiving when it comes to tax dollars, especially today when most governments are searching for any way to increase revenues. In fact, northern states will assess back taxes usually, and they will also assess penalties AND interest!
There aren’t many Florida Residency Requirement Checklists available, but for the ones that are, they are in hard copy form that require delivery and contain very few helpful suggestions. Additionally, costs anywhere else are higher than our low price of $29.99, especially when dealing with attorneys or CPAs that can charge upwards of hundreds of dollars for identical information. We are happy to help with your Florida Residency Requirements, and we encourage you to ask questions along the way. No two families are alike and everyone has differing circumstances that should be taken into account. The first step toward Florida Residency should be with a Florida Residency Requirement Checklist and we are here to deliver it to you almost instantly via e-mail.
Let us know how we can help you with your Florida Residency Requirements today. Whether you are a Florida RV traveler, Florida renter, Florida homeowner, Florida Snowbird, Florida Halfback, or potential Florida student looking for in-state tuition, take advantage of decades of Florida Residency Requirement experience today!
Posted on: 11 Apr, 2012