The Connecticut Marine Trades Association is asking members to contact legislators in support of a 60-day cruising provision.
The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee recently approved House Bill 6576: An Act Concerning the Applicability of the Sales and Use Tax to Boats, the CMTA announced. The bill extends the winter window in which in-state and out-of-state boats can, depending on the circumstances, be exempt from the sales or use tax on storage, repair and overhaul work.
The CMTA supports those changes, but is seeking to amend a provision that was dropped from the bill in committee. Dropped was an item allowing an out-of-state boat to be berthed in Connecticut for as long as 60 days a year without being considered an in-state boat, which would require payment of the use tax.
The CMTA is asking members to call legislators to ask that they restore the 60-day provision to HB 6576.
The statement gives members easy access to their legislators, as well as talking points about why the provision should be reinstated — for example, visitors can take their vessels to nearby tax-friendly Rhode Island instead.