Friday, July 23, 2010

Multiple-Flags for Tax Dodging Kerry?

Many ex-pats recommend a lifestyle where you plant multiple flags, that is, you live in one country, work in another and have citizenship in a third.  Of course people like Massachusetts Senator John Kerry are aghast at such tactics, except when it works for him. He  has apparently decided to use this philosophy in a multi-state flag tax dodging program. The Boston Herald explains:

Sen. John Kerry, who has repeatedly voted to raise taxes while in Congress, dodged a whopping six-figure state tax bill on his new multimillion-dollar yacht by mooring her in Newport, R.I.

Isabel - Kerry’s luxe, 76-foot New Zealand-built Friendship sloop with an Edwardian-style, glossy varnished teak interior, two VIP main cabins and a pilothouse fitted with a wet bar and cold wine storage - was designed by Rhode Island boat designer Ted Fontaine.

But instead of berthing the vessel in Nantucket, where the senator summers with the missus, Teresa Heinz, Isabel’s hailing port is listed as “Newport” on her stern.

Could the reason be that the Ocean State repealed its Boat Sales and Use Tax back in 1993, making the tiny state to the south a haven - like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Nassau - for tax-skirting luxury yacht owners?

Cash-strapped Massachusetts still collects a 6.25 percent sales tax and an annual excise tax on yachts. Sources say Isabel sold for something in the neighborhood of $7 million, meaning Kerry saved approximately $437,500 in sales tax and an annual excise tax of about $70,000.

The senior senator’s chief of staff David Wade denied the old salt was berthing his boat out of state to avoid ponying up to the commonwealth.

Read the rest here.


  1. I wonder what this bozo has to say about the referendum to cut back the state sales tax ?
    He is probably against it.
    The Leona Helmsley quote you posted the other day applies to this clown also .

  2. Looks like the power of EPJ has frightened him.

  3. The only thing politicians use tax-evasive private yachts for is cheating on their wives. Teresa will soon be joining the ranks of women like John Edward's wife.