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COMudturtle

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We are preparing to start full time RVing in our 5th wheel unit. 1. Looking for an organization in Colorado that provides forward mail to us while on the road. We currently live in Colorado and want to maintain our Colorado residency. 2. We are planning on selling our property. Our son lives in Colorado. Is it permissible and legal for us to use his home address as our legal residence? Thank you for your time and effort in helping us.

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COMudturtle wrote:

We are preparing to start full time RVing in our 5th wheel unit. 1. Looking for an organization in Colorado that provides forward mail to us while on the road. We currently live in Colorado and want to maintain our Colorado residency. 2. We are planning on selling our property. Our son lives in Colorado. Is it permissible and legal for us to use his home address as our legal residence? Thank you for your time and effort in helping us.


Yes, it is allowable to use your son's address. We used my parents and then my sisters since 2007. In fact the State of Michigan demanded we provide an address (not PO Box) in order to renew our drivers license. Obviously, make sure your son is OK and will forward any mail that winds up there as a result.

Your legal residency in terms of voting rights stays with the last state where you were officially a resident anyway.

There are mail forwarding services (SD & FL are most popular) and they can give you an address to act as a residence. SD & FL are popular due to no income tax...but be careful of other costs.


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Since you have available a CO address to maintain residency there is no need to have your mail forwarding service in CO.

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Curious with Colorado having a state income tax why not move your official residence to a state with no income tax. This why you see so many RV's with license plates from South Dakota, Texas and Florida

"Most states—41 in all—impose a broad-based individual income tax. Only seven lack an income tax altogether: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Tennessee and New Hampshire fall into a gray area. They tax dividend and interest income, but not earned income"


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valhalla360 wrote:

COMudturtle wrote:

We are preparing to start full time RVing in our 5th wheel unit. 1. Looking for an organization in Colorado that provides forward mail to us while on the road. We currently live in Colorado and want to maintain our Colorado residency. 2. We are planning on selling our property. Our son lives in Colorado. Is it permissible and legal for us to use his home address as our legal residence? Thank you for your time and effort in helping us.


Yes, it is allowable to use your son's address. We used my parents and then my sisters since 2007. In fact the State of Michigan demanded we provide an address (not PO Box) in order to renew our drivers license. Obviously, make sure your son is OK and will forward any mail that winds up there as a result.

Your legal residency in terms of voting rights stays with the last state where you were officially a resident anyway.

There are mail forwarding services (SD & FL are most popular) and they can give you an address to act as a residence. SD & FL are popular due to no income tax...but be careful of other costs.


DMV's and insurance companies want a physical address. When I moved from CA to AZ I gave them an address of a campground for my physical and my mail drop for mailing address and the MVD and insurance co were fine with it and I told them do not send any mail to my physical address. Now that I have a stick house that became my physical. My drivers lic has my mailing address which by the way can be anywhere you want it to be


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Your legal residency in terms of voting rights stays with the last state where you were officially a resident anyway.
Now in Massachusetts when you register for a drivers license they automatically register you to vote. As far as legal residency I have always found it to be where ever you filed your Federal Taxes from.

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My drivers lic has my mailing address which by the way can be anywhere you want it to be
Unless you need to have your DL at your stick house this might be true. When I moved to Florida and wanted to claim my resident status for the real estate tax freeze they wanted bills and my DL both with my home address. Same here on Nantucket where I now live when I went to get my 40% primary home tax exemption and then my cheap ferry tickets for running back to America to shop.

Since the OP isn't playing any games trying to avoid anything I would suggest just using their son's address for taxes and voting. If they don't want him to be bothered with forwarding their mail then just use one of the services for that piece.

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Do everything you can to avoid paper mail.. especially bills. You're going to get some surprises as to how long mail can actually take when you need it most.

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2oldman wrote:

Do everything you can to avoid paper mail.. especially bills. You're going to get some surprises as to how long mail can actually take when you need it most.
Good advice. One piece of paper mail you do not want to miss is a letter from the IRS. This will go to the address you use on your taxes so you need that to be reliable. You can create an online account but you would need to check it at least monthly. I recently received a letter from them saying I owed money because of a mistake they made in their instructions on some form I used for 2018. I updated TurboTax and sure enough owed money. You really don’t want to miss letters from the IRS and you never know when they will show up.

BTW, if your son handles your mail or you use a service, make sure to use the USPS moving/forwarding service to your new “address”.

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magicbus wrote:

. I recently received a letter from (IRS) them saying I owed money because of a mistake they made in their instructions on some form I used for 2018.
If you filed by mail, I could understand that, but if you filed electronically, that "letter" should go to the email of the person who filed.

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2oldman wrote:

magicbus wrote:

. I recently received a letter from (IRS) them saying I owed money because of a mistake they made in their instructions on some form I used for 2018.
If you filed by mail, I could understand that, but if you filed electronically, that "letter" should go to the email of the person who filed.
No. I E-filed and the letter and subsequent bill were only snail-mailed to the address on my tax form. I think part of the reason is to also notify my wife (joint filers) in case she was unaware (which she was but so was I!) [emoticon]

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