|By June Fletcher, Naples Daily News, Fla.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Escalating taxes in other states are driving them to the welcoming arms of the low-tax
But people who are well-off, or only part-time residents, are often shocked to discover that just because they consider themselves
And in many cases, these states are going after residents they think should still be paying their taxes. And the states are winning.
According to the court,
But travel logs he kept showed that he was not in
Mauer, 58, declined to discuss the specifics of his case on his attorney's advice, which has cost him thousands in back taxes, interest and legal fees. But he did speak of the emotional toll.
"It's been horrible for my wife and me," he said. "I wouldn't wish this on anyone."
Despite the risk of an audit, or worse, more wealthy people than ever before are trying to establish residency in
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He's seen double the number of clients looking to become
"One of the first questions clients ask us is should they domicile in
Overall, it ranks fifth as the best state to live and do business from a tax standpoint, the foundation found, after
Conversely, the foundation found the heaviest tax burdens are generally in northern states, including
That's led to some high-profile defections, including the well-publicized departure of billionaire philanthropist and
The move saved him