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Texas State Taxes

Choosing Texas as an RV Domicile State

Texas state taxes (or lack thereof) are an important consideration when choosing your RV domicile state. Full time RV families on the road need to think about other important issues, such as regulations to homeschool in Texas, as well as Texas drivers license and Texas auto insurance requirements.

It is our opinion that the best RV domicile state for families is Texas. When we first started our RV travel with kids, we chose Texas as our domicile, and have been very happy with it.

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

Texas State Taxes

texas-state-taxes-01;map of usa state texas 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.

Texas state taxes include a sales tax, but no income tax.
  • State Income Tax? NO
  • Sales Tax: 6.25-8.25%
    (depending on county)
  • Texas Sales Tax

  • Texas Drivers License and License Plates

    More items to consider with Texas state taxes are the Texas drivers license and license plates and tags fees. All of these fees vary by state, so these Texas state taxes are something to compare and to take into consideration when choosing an RV domicile. Most of these fees are reoccurring.
  • Texas License Fees: $24 for 6 yrs
  • Tax when registering vehicle from out of state: $90 new resident tax
  • Title Fees: $28-33
  • Vehicle Safety Inspection or Emissions Testing? Annual safety
    Annual emissions in some counties
  • Annual Tags Fees:
  • Cars: Based on age
    2000 or older = $40.80
    2001-2005 = $50.80
    2006 or newer = $58.80
    Trucks, Motorhomes, Trailers, based on GVW
  • Texas Drivers License & Vehicle Registration Information

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    RV Insurance and Texas 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.

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

  • Voting in Texas

    Voting is important to most Americans.

    Fuel Tax Rates

    Diesel - 20c
    Gasoline - 20c
    Biodiesel - 20c

    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 Texas.
  • Residency Requirements:Register 30 days prior to election
  • Address Requirements: Street address
  • Texas Voter Registration Information

  • Homeschool in Texas 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. As homeschooling laws go, homeschool in Texas has by far some of the easiest to comply with regulations.

    Those who homeschool in Texas could not have found a more perfect state. There are no attendance requirements, no standardized testing or teacher evaluations, no qualifications of parents to teach their own children, no letter of intent to be submitted, and no monitoring. All that is required of those who homeschool in Texas is to teach their children the following subjects: math, reading, spelling, grammar, and good citizenship. Texas is an extremely friendly homeschooling state.
    Homeschool in Texas Links
  • Texas Homeschool Coalition
  • Homeschool in Texas Laws

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    Other Domicile Tidbits

    Though Texas state taxes and Texas homeschooling regulations are probably the biggest concerns you'll have when deciding on making Texas 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 Texas Weather Reports
  • Texas Reciprocal Concealed Weapons Law & Gun Control Laws

  • RV Domiciles in Other States

    Texas state taxes (or lack thereof) not what you're looking for? (Are you sure??) 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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