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intercst:"If you're out in the woods without cable TV or a sewer hookup, they might not even find you to tax you"

New England is pretty good at land records. If you 'own' anything, they'll get you.

On the other hand, if you are only a part year resident and manage to keep your tax residence in FL or TX or somewhere else, and manage to keep your TX or FL driver license, you might avoid the VT taxman - but you'd still have to head to one or the other to get your car inspected each year.

No car? No problem!

Bank on line - and you can be a TX resident just by declaring you 'intend to return to TX and live there'.

On the other hand, places like NY state actually try to track 'snowbirds' to make sure they don't spend more than 180 days in the state. With new license plate readers, your goose might be cooked in they see your plates show up and you're there for more than six months. That makes you a NY resident. They also have 'squealer' numbers where folks can turn you in and monitor when you 'resume' telephone and internet and cable TV service after a winter 'suspension'.

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