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Is there any legal or close to legal (means relatively safe and most probably effective) way of buying a new bike in Alberta for a BC resident and permanently avoiding provincial tax?
 

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fyi the abbreviation for Alberta is AB.. I was thinking "where is Ata?".

When you insure your bike, ICBC will notice it was bought in Alberta and proceed to charge you BC sales tax.
 

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All you need is to have the vehicle registered as yours for 6 months I believe under a pseudo Alberta address. I think it could be done, but you have to deal with having a utility bill sent to an Alberta address (Hi Shaw, yeah i now live in Alberta can you send my next statement to this address....), then go into an Alberta government agent with this utility bill to have your drivers license changed to Alberta, surrender you BC license, of course pay for all of the related fees and then pay the ridiculous price of insuring your bike via private insurance in Alberta for 6 months before switching to ICBC. Then you need to swap back your drivers license. Not worth the headache or hassles but if it was a new car or truck with several thousand in taxes to be paid, then it might be. I have known people that have lived in Alberta for way over a year while still using BC plates on their vehicles so i would imagine that the same can happen riding a bike in Vancouver with Alberta plates. You would have to be in person in Alberta to do all of this also. FYI, its illegal to have 2 driver's licenses at once from different provinces, but easily done.
 

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fyi the abbreviation for Alberta is AB.. I was thinking "where is Ata?".

When you insure your bike, ICBC will notice it was bought in Alberta and proceed to charge you BC sales tax.

I know. Being an airline guy for 17 years I always think in airport codes, so I'm thinkin' WTF???

ATA is:
Anta, Peru
 

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I thought it was some motorcycle terms I wasn't familiar with.
 

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All you need is to have the vehicle registered as yours for 6 months I believe under a pseudo Alberta address. I think it could be done, but you have to deal with having a utility bill sent to an Alberta address (Hi Shaw, yeah i now live in Alberta can you send my next statement to this address....),
Perhaps it can be done this way.
Although I suspect you will get zero empathy from this crowd when you get caught, and are obligated to pay the tax, and the penalty.......

I'd only recommend to buy the bike, pay the taxes, and never have to worry about someoen from the provincial government coming back at you, or your income, or your employer.......:rtfm
 

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Could you not buy the bike in Alberta, have it someone else's name, and then have someone give it to you as a gift and just sign that form?
 

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Remember they got Al Capone on tax evasion.
 

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I have known people that have lived in Alberta for way over a year while still using BC plates on their vehicles so i would imagine that the same can happen riding a bike in Vancouver with Alberta plates.
I've seen this too.
Some people, who may have an, ah, er, unfortunate driving history (tickets or impaired charge or even a 24 hour suspension) cannot readily, or inexpensively, buy insurance from the private sector in Alberta, so they retain their BC plates.
( Of course, students of an accredited school or university can keep their BC plates.)
In the case I'm familiar with, the driver couldn't get AB insurance for less than $4500 per year, so kept BC insurance @ $1500 per year.
Turns out, because he didn't disclose his Alberta job and address on his application for insurance, he didn't really have any insurance at all.:surrender
 

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In the case I'm familiar with, the driver couldn't get AB insurance for less than $4500 per year, so kept BC insurance @ $1500 per year.
Turns out, because he didn't disclose his Alberta job and address on his application for insurance, he didn't really have any insurance at all.:surrender
Now there's a scary thought. . . . it obviously happened to someone.
 

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even having your vehicle registered in saaaaaaaaay Grand Forks but living in Vancouver and driving around here all the time can get your insurance cancelled. crime doesn't pay........unless you don't get caught.
 

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if you can prove you were a resident and the bike is insured a minimum 6 months in Alberta then it should work.
 

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I think you'll save more money after all taxes paid if you purchased a bike from the states and bring it up.
 
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