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Iowa State Taxes

Choosing Iowa as an RV Domicile State

Iowa state taxes are important to think about when deciding which state to call your permanent RV domicile. But there are other things that RV families on the road must consider when choosing a home base. Things such as Iowa homeschooling laws, as well as Iowa drivers license and Iowa auto insurance requirements.

The nice thing about having no ties to any state is the ability to choose your RV domicile, or RV home base. You can find a state that offers the best set of options for you and your family, depending on your individual needs. Of course, not every full time RV family has the ability or option of choosing their domicile. See the following page to determine if your domicile has been chosen for you:

Choosing an RV Domicile

Iowa State Taxes

iowa-state-taxes-01;map of usa state iowa For most states, the most important consideration when choosing an RV home base is the way income taxes will affect you.

Most states charge residents an annual income tax, in addition to their federal income taxes.

Iowa state taxes include both a state income tax and a state sales tax.
  • State Income Tax? YES
  • Income Tax Rate: 0.36-8.98%
  • Sales Tax: 5-7%
    (depending on local taxes)
  • Iowa Income Taxes & Sales Tax

  • Iowa Drivers License and License Plates

    More items to consider with Iowa state taxes are the Iowa drivers license and license plates and tags fees. All of these fees vary by state, so these Iowa state taxes are something to compare and to take into consideration when choosing an RV domicile. Most of these fees are reoccurring.
  • Iowa Drivers License Fees: based on age
    18-70 $20 good for 5 yrs
    70+ $8 good for 2 yrs
  • Tax when registering vehicle from out of state: None
    (exempt if paid more than 5% in another state)
  • Title Fees: $15-20
  • Vehicle Safety Inspection or Emissions Testing? None
  • Annual Tags Fees:
  • Cars: 40c per 100lbs of weigh
    Plus 1% vehicle value
    Fee reduced after 5 yrs
    Travel Trailers: 20c per sq ft floor space
    After 6 yrs goes down to 15c per sq ft
    Motorhomes: based on value and age of vehicle
    Class A
    Value $20K or less
    1-5 yrs old = $120
    Over 5 yrs old = $85
    Value $20K-40K
    1-5 yrs old = $140
    Over 5 yrs old = $105
    Value $40K-80K
    1-5 yrs old = $200
    Over 5 yrs old = $150
    Value $80K+
    1-5 yrs old = $400
    Over 5 yrs old = $300
    Class B
    1-5 yrs old = $90
    Over 5 yrs old = $65
    Class C
    1-5 yrs old = $110
    Over 5 yrs old = $80
  • Iowa Drivers License & Registration Information

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    RV Insurance and Iowa Auto Insurance

    What state you call home determines your automobile insurance requirements.

    Each state is different, and the coverage required might contribute to your RV domicile decision.

    Iowa auto insurance requirements are as follows. Information on how to obtain Iowa RV insurance is also included.
  • Liability Coverage: $20,000-40,000
  • Property Damage: $15,000
  • RV Insurance Information
  • Good Sam RV Insurance

  • Voting in Iowa

    Voting is important to most Americans.

    Fuel Tax Rates

    Diesel - 22.5c
    Gasoline - 20.7c
    Biodiesel - 22.5c

    Luckily, you still have the ability to register and vote while on the road.

    State politics might also be a consideration to take into account when choosing an RV home base. Here is the information on voting in Iowa.
  • Residency Requirements:Register 10 days prior to election
  • Address Requirements: Street address
  • Iowa Voter Registration Information

  • Iowa Homeschooling Laws & Information

    Every state in the United States has different homeschooling laws and regulations. Some states are very difficult to homeschool in, some states are very easy, while most states fall somewhere in the middle. Iowa homeschooling laws are very detailed, and require many actions from parents.

    Iowa homeschooling laws state that children must be schooled 37 days per quarter. Parents must submit annual letters of intent which include texts used and an outline of the education the child is to receive. First time homeschoolers also need to provide the school board with vaccination records. Special Education children need board approval to be homeschooled.

    Iowa homeschooling laws then require either a bimonthly visit from a certified teacher, an annual evaluation from a teacher, or annual standardized testing. If the homeschooled child is not performing well, the school board can order his return to public school.
    Iowa Homeschooling Laws & Information Links
  • Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators
  • Iowa Homeschooling Laws

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    Other Domicile Tidbits

    Though Iowa state taxes and Iowa homeschooling laws are probably the biggest concerns you'll have when deciding on making Iowa your RV domicile state, other information might make a difference as well.

    The weather may play a factor for you if you plan to set up some sort of home base in the state, and the regulations on gun permits are a very hot topic with many RVers.
  • Up-to-Date Iowa Weather Reports
  • Iowa Reciprocal Concealed Weapons Law & Gun Control Laws

  • RV Domiciles in Other States

    Iowa state taxes not your thing? Don't worry! There are 49 more states to choose an RV domicile from! Check out the following resources to help you to make your full time RV living decision.

    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    West Virginia


    This RV home base and domicile guide is intended to assist you with making a decision on which state to call home. Though we have done our very best to find current laws and tax rates, each state has the ability to change their rules at any time. Please follow the links above and verify everything before making a decision.
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