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New Tech Connect+ Benefit!

FMCA Tech Connect+ is a benefit package that brings technology offers to FMCA members. Offers include tech product discounts and mobile data plans.

What do you get? For just $49.99 monthly, you’ll have access to a Sprint mobile hotspot data plan, plus discounts on WiFi extenders and products. With Sprint, you’ll get full, un-throttled and uncapped 3G and 4G LTE speed.

To take advantage of this benefit, your FMCA membership dues must be active for at least one year. And stay tuned – we plan to offer more discounts to this benefit package!

Why not take part in a benefit package that keeps you connected at a lower cost?

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Read Member F470953 GAIL RUSSELL's Review of the Tech Connect+ Sprint MIFI Plan Below:

Signed up for FMCA Tech Connect+ and taking advantage of the Sprint Unlimited Hotspot Plan

I would say I started with Hotspot Authorization at 11:30AM, it is now 8PM and my Hotspot Battery is at 32%.

I am very pleased with both the Franklin R-910 Hotspot and the Sprint unlimited data plan. Everything is working flawlessly. I am in a rural area, 30 miles from the nearest city (Buffalo, NY) and I have had enough signal strength to do everything I wanted to do on my computers & tablets and ereaders, fast & flawlessly.

I found the Hotspot intuitive to use and easy to operate. I even liked the way it felt with its rubber armour coating! After 8-1/2 hours of continuous running, the Hotspot feels cool to the touch all over. If I had to tell one Hotspot fault, it would be the display screen font type is very small, making it hard to read.

Tomorrow I will play around with more of my WiFi capable devices and let you know what I think. The unlimited data plan is just great to have! No more running to public hotspots for me like when my old data plan was getting near its limit. I am in Computer Nerd Heaven!

Gail Russell

New FMCA Verizon Benefit!

FMCA has a new Verizon MIFI Member Benefit! CLICK HERE to learn more.

Perry Registration Is Open!

Finally, registration for FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo, scheduled for March 15 through 18, 2018, at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is open. Click Here to register.

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FMCA Remodel

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The Colorado Department of Revenue and the state attorney general’s office investigated 12 individuals, all of whom pled guilty to misdemeanor tax evasion charges in the spring. The court ordered them to register their RVs in Colorado, pay restitution totaling $93,450 and perform community service.

Colorado also ordered 122 other residents to pay $2.7 million in unpaid sales taxes and penalties after illegally registering their RVs out of state.

“This issue has been an ongoing concern and we have been pursuing such cases for several years,” said Mark Couch, public information officer and legislative liaison for the state revenue department.

The dozen individuals who pled guilty bought motorhomes in Colorado but registered them in Montana, Couch said. Montana has low motor vehicle registration fees and is one of five U.S. states that have no general sales tax.

Promises made

Consumers who buy an RV in Colorado can sign a motor vehicle sales tax exemption form at the time of purchase. The form contains a sworn statement affirming that the vehicle will be removed from Colorado within 30 days and will be licensed, registered and used outside of Colorado or in interstate commerce.

“The 12 individuals affirmed — either by the form or verbally — that they would not be housing their vehicles in Colorado,” Couch said. State officials’ investigation concluded that the motorhome owners weren’t keeping their promises.

Details of each case vary. Ten of the cases were prosecuted in Denver County Court, and two in Boulder County Court. But news outlets in Colorado have reported cases where residents formed limited liability companies (LLCs) in Montana and then registered their vehicles there, under those company names.

This practice is legal in Montana, where the vehicles are being registered, but not in Colorado.

Big tax savings

Montana license and registration fees for motorhomes range from $97.50 to $282.50 per year, according to the Montana Motor Vehicle Division. Meanwhile, a Denver resident who buys a $150,000 motorhome could pay nearly $15,000 in sales tax, ownership tax and registration fees for the first year of ownership.

Colorado’s state sales tax rate is 2.9 percent, but cities and counties may collect more. For example, the total combined sales tax for Denver residents is 7.72 percent of the purchase price.

The ownership tax

In addition to the sales tax, Colorado has an annual ownership tax, in lieu of a personal property tax. The ownership tax is based on the original taxable value of the RV, year of manufacture and date of purchase. For RVs, the taxable value is 85 percent of the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

The taxable value, which is determined when the vehicle is new, does not change during the life of the vehicle. For the first year of vehicle ownership, the tax rate is 2.10 percent of the taxable value; second year, 1.5 percent; third year, 1.2 percent; fourth year, .9 percent; five to nine years, .45 percent; 10 years or more, $3.

Colorado officials say residents who do not register their RVs in their home state are cheating residents out of much needed tax dollars.

In an investigative report released in 2007, Denver TV station KUSA-TV calculated the fees that just nine motorhome owners would have paid to Colorado had they not registered their vehicles in Montana. The total: $227,400.

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