To the editor:
I moved back to New York state after living for some time in Florida. During my time there, I purchased a vehicle and, of course, paid sales tax to the state of Florida.
During this time period, I maintained my home and paid taxes on it here in New York state. But upon coming back to our state and registering my now 10-year old vehicle here, I was required to pay the difference between New York and Florida sales tax, which of course helps out New York state. I have paid sales tax on that same vehicle the second time. It would seem New York would be happy to have another taxpayer back home, but that's not the case; I get penalized for leaving. I had also licensed the vehicle in Florida and understandably had to reregister it here in New York and pay a second registration fee. (Florida and New York do not refund registration fees.)
If I would have received a traffic violation while living in Florida, you and I know that violation will, of course, show up on my driver's license when I transferred back to New York state.
My point is this: If states are able to reciprocate traffic violations, why can't they do the same with taxes and registrations? No one should be required to pay sales tax twice on the same vehicle, especially when it's 10 years old. (Maybe it has something to do with cash flow as long as the cash flows in their direction.) I am trying to give to Caesar what rightly belongs to him, but I am beginning to think he has his hand too deeply in my pockets, or maybe there are too many Caesars. My grandfather described this as "highway robbery." For many years I have worked in the former communist countries and thought something like this only happened there. Well, I guess not. Welcome to the Empire State of taxes.
William S. Saxton