The following is a suggested list of do’s (and don’ts) to help demonstrate you are no longer a resident of the former state:
- File a declaration of non-domicile with the former state, if available.
- Give up your driver’s license in the former state (once you have obtained your driver’s license in Florida).
- Have your name removed from the voting rolls of your former state.
- If the former state has an income tax, in the year you become a Florida resident begin filing as a “non-resident” of the former state. And, file a “Final Return” when you no longer have income in the former state
- Stay out of the former state for at least six months each calendar year. Certain states (not Florida) presume that you are a resident of that state if you resided there for more than six months.
- Consider selling your old home. Selling your former family home is both an emotional and financial issue. Thus, discuss this decision with your loved ones, as well as your estate planning, tax and financial advisors.
- If you were involved in civic, religious or charitable organizations, consider reducing any leadership roles and keep a lower profile in those organizations.
- Do not run for a politically elected position in the former state. Holding a political office typically requires that you are a resident of that state.
- Do not avail yourself of certain “discounts” that are only available to residents of the former state. For instance, in many states, residents receive an exemption (or reduction of real property tax) on their homestead. If you leave the state, notify the state and give up any such resident benefit (such as the homestead real estate tax exemption). Generally, one’s homestead is the primary residence used by that person as their established place of living.