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Dye, Deitrich, Petruff &
St. Paul, P.L.

1111 3rd Avenue West, Suite 300
Bradenton, FL 34205

Phone: (941) 748-4411
Fax: (941) 748-1573
Email: info@dyefirm.com
03/05/2012 - Florida Domicile

  1. Purchase or rent a residence in Florida and move in.

  2. Spend more time at your Florida home than at any other home.

  3. Keep your principal personal bank account in a Florida bank.

  4. Keep your principal stock brokerage account with the Florida office of a financial institution.

  5. Execute new Florida estate planning documents reciting the new domicile.

  6. Register to vote and vote in Florida.

  7. Change your driver's license and automobile registration to Florida.

  8. File with the clerk of the court a Declaration of Domicile.

  9. Notify the post office to forward all mail to the new Florida domicile.

  10. Use the Florida address in all documents and records executed, such as automobile registration, social security records, mailing addresses, mortgages, and leases.

  11. Change all documents, subscriptions, passport, listings (e.g., Who's Who) to reflect the new (or established) domicile state.

  12. Pay all taxes from Florida including Florida intangible taxes if applicable. If required to file taxes on specific income originating in your former domicile, file as a nonresident using your Florida address.

  13. Use the Florida address in the filing of tax returns and file the returns in Florida whenever possible.

  14. File a final (so marked) resident tax return in the former domicile state (and city, if applicable).

  15. Take advantage of local tax benefits granted to residents of Florida such as the homestead tax exemptions.

  16. Furnish the Florida home more substantially than any other home, and keep objects of family and sentimental value in the Florida home.

  17. Obtain a doctor in Florida to act as your primary physician and have your medical records transferred to his or her office.

  18. Use your Florida home as your base; acknowledge that home as your primary residence to others, and use the property as the one you leave from and return to after trips.

  19. Consult an accountant and a lawyer in Florida.

  20. Notify all interested parties of a change of domicile including banks, employers, credit card companies, family, friends, your attorney and accountant, and all tax authorities in both the old and new domiciles.

  21. Center the maximum amount of business activities at your Florida home and limit business activities in your former domicile.

  22. Become active in schools, clubs, churches, or synagogues and social organizations in Florida.

  23. Hold community positions that are open only to domiciliaries.

  24. Take any other affirmative acts to terminate the previous domicile such as canceling voter's registration, changing license plates, and notifying the taxing officers of your previous domicile.

  25. Dispose of any home in the former domicile (or nondomicile state) or make it clear to the public that it is now a second home.

  26. Revoke any declaration of domicile made in any other state.

  27. Declare the new (or established) domicile in a United States census.

  28. Obtain nonresident license privileges (e.g., fishing license) in nondomicile states and resign from, or change to nonresident status for, clubs, churches, etc., in nondomicile states.

  29. Keep bills such as phone, utilities, and credit cards that help prove residence within Florida and keep track of the days spent in and outside of Florida every year.

  30. Surrender any safe-deposit boxes outside of Florida and move their contents to a Florida safe-deposit box.