Report: John Kerry docking his yacht in Rhode Island to avoid Mass. taxes

posted at 5:41 pm on July 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via JWF, looks like it’s just speculation. But, as speculation goes, it’s awfully tasty.

Could the reason be that the Ocean State repealed its Boat Sales and Use Tax back in 1993, making the tiny state to the south a haven – like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Nassau – for tax-skirting luxury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

“The boat was designed by and purchased from a company in Rhode Island, and it’s based in Newport at the Newport Shipyard for long-term maintenance, upkeep and charter purposes, not tax reasons,” Wade told the Track.

Even if he’s innocent, just the idea that we’re talking about the tax strategies available to a prominent Democrat in berthing his yacht fills me with a warm glow. Say, you don’t suppose that the left’s outrage during the campaign over John McCain owning seven homes or whatever might have been manufactured, do you?

Semi-serious exit question: Why are stories like this so much more satisfying when Waffles is the lead character? Pick virtually any other filthy rich Democrat, including his old running mate, and substitute him/her here and the article becomes a curio. With Kerry, it’s revel-worthy. Why is that?

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The moron fragged himself. Lucky for him he didn’t have better aim.

Aviator on July 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Yes, I know. I hope the wacky Theeeeeeeereza frags him when she wakes up from her migraines. He deserves a daily beating for being a useless putz.

Cody1991 on July 23, 2010 at 7:27 PM

Did you ever notice that, although Democrat politics is overflowing with extremely wealthy officeholders, very few of them actually earned any of it themselves. The ranks are teeming with wealth by marriage, wealth by inheritance and /or both.
The extra Schadenfreude that Kerry generates might relate to his having double dipped in that pool and that the wealth he shares with the present Mrs.Kerry comes from a man who would probably have considered him entirely despicable.

djaces on July 23, 2010 at 7:29 PM

If a person has that kind of money and wants to dodge the taxes – totally understandable – then he shouldn’t be in the business of telling others what they should do with their own wealth.

tru2tx on July 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Especially when said gigolo married said money. The rest he inherited.

Come to think of it, the money he married into was also inherited, not earned. Mama T inherited it when Ketchup-Boy died.

Of course Heinz inherited it before he even married her. Isn’t America wonderful?

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2010 at 7:32 PM

djaces on July 23, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Haha, great minds think alike. See my post directly below yours.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2010 at 7:33 PM

With Kerry, it’s revel-worthy. Why is that?

I think it’s the Jenjiss Kaahhhnn factor.

I mean throwing someone else’s medals over the WH fence gives a whole new meaning to the charge of Stolen Valor.

ontherocks on July 23, 2010 at 7:33 PM

What… a… tool…

It’s not like he couldn’t afford to berth the vessel ANYWHERE HE WANTED TO IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Khun Joe on July 23, 2010 at 7:34 PM

You mean to tell me there is a place on earth with higher taxes then Newport RI?

Boxy_Brown on July 23, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Bible says the idle rich shall not eat. How can we make that happen?

PrezHussein on July 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Rush has it SO RIGHT about the “ruling class”. Doesn’t matter if it is a Dem or Rep, these super rich politicans are just flat out too far out of touch of the “real” americans to get a clue.

And yet, Sarah Palin was slaughtered in the press when she used the term “real” americans. She gets it

karenhasfreedom on July 23, 2010 at 7:26 PM

What is so hypocritical about the Left is that now that Sarah’s book is a best-seller, they are tarring her with the “millionaire” label!

In their brain-dead universe, the only “good” millionaires are those from their own Party Apparatus.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Hmmmm….Do you suppose that Democrat Alan Greyson from Florida knew about Kerry’s $7 million boat when he ranted about Republicans hating poor people and claimed they should sell their art collections and stocks and YACHTS to help poor people pay their bills?

JadeNYU on July 23, 2010 at 7:38 PM

You mean even pompous tax and spend progressive douchebags hate taxes?

therightwinger on July 23, 2010 at 7:41 PM

What… a… tool…

It’s not like he couldn’t afford to berth the vessel ANYWHERE HE WANTED TO IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!

Khun Joe on July 23, 2010 at 7:34 PM

His Wife Meal Ticket is worth at least $1 billion. Yet she claims Pennsylvania as her legal residence, even though she lives in Bawston on Beacon Hill with her pet gigolo.

Why? PA has a lower tax rate, of course.

Del Dolemonte on July 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM

MayBee on July 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Let’s chip in and charter it for the first ever HotAir get together. I wonder what it would cost?

Cindy Munford on July 23, 2010 at 7:47 PM

He really knows how to play the system. Three months in Vietnam and for what amounts to a couple of paper cuts and a self-inflicted scratch which didn’t even draw blood-and he’s out of the combat zone with nearly as many medals as Audie Murphy.

Then to avoid Mass sales taxes (which Kerry’s fellow Democrats helped engineer but always manage to avoid paying themselves)), Kerry skipped out with his boat so fast you’d think that relatives of the Vietnamese teenager, who Kerry shot in the back, waving machetes, were on a personal vendetta against him.

But not all democrats are bad apples like Kerry. Thank God for Acorn, the labor unions and Charlie Rangel!!!!!

MaiDee on July 23, 2010 at 8:26 PM

How many police officers could have been saved from layoff had John F’n Kerry paid taxes in Massachusetts? How many firefighters?

As I understand it, if the boat is moored in Massachusetts for only a day within the next six months (after purchase), the state can send him a bill for the taxes. Anyone willing to work a stakeout?

slickwillie2001 on July 23, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Not too swift boater.

fogw on July 23, 2010 at 8:50 PM

What? Only 75′? I suppose T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII might be convinced to give his approval – as a daysailer, of course.

Thar’s boat pørn here for those who like to look at the pics instead of reading the articles:
Friendship 75

leilani on July 23, 2010 at 8:58 PM

This should not come as a surprise. John Kerry is a democrat and part of the ruling class, he loves taxes but only if others pay them. Charles Rangel is another tax cheat but he too loves taxes only if someone else pays them. The biggest joke of all is Timmy Geithner. He is the head of the IRS and didn’t pay taxes for years but he too sees nothing wrong with others paying taxes. I had heard that the Clintons have money stashed in the Cayman Islands to avoid US taxes. Not too long ago, the buffoon of a Vice President said it was patriotic to pay taxes- so I guess these three are very unpatriotic. Us old timers know what kind of guy John Kerry is- come back from Viet Nam and made up lies about the troops that he served with and it was proven that what he said- was not true. The Swift boaters knew the truth. He and Jane Fonda would make a good team.

flintstone on July 23, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Why is that?

Because defective douche nozzles usually do not have so much hair.

Sayan Neviot on July 23, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Why revel in Kerry’s failings… Because the Dem’s loved to call Dubya stupid, but they ran Kerry, someone who had even worse grades at Yale than Dubya did. Because he’s the exact clueless elitist they claim to hate… Because it is well known in Yale circles that Kerry was ‘the dumbest guy in his Boston College law class’… Because Kerry used so many $2 words that he couldn’t intellectually grasp that he would contradict himself in every paragraph…

It’s because this guy couldn’t find his arse with his own two hands…

phreshone on July 23, 2010 at 9:36 PM

How did we elect elite snobs like this to office? I can feel proud I never voted for such a fool. Sooooo glad he was never elected to a higher position. Think how much worse off we’d be if he had been.

scalleywag on July 23, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Tagged Thurston and Lovey in someone else’s article. Turned me into giggle-gag!

chickasaw42 on July 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM

JFK Heinz………..


PappyD61 on July 23, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Is that a yacht or a swiftboat?

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on July 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM

It’s a stiffboat.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 23, 2010 at 11:25 PM

The hypocrisy here is astounding. These liberal elites know how to spend your money better than you and they’ll try to get it anyway they can. That’s your money. They hide theirs. When Rose Kennedy died the family had her will probated in Florida, a state she had not stepped foot in for thirteen years. Massachusetts tax just had to be avoided.Yet Teddy would not be above taxng you back to the stone age.

Wills on July 24, 2010 at 9:38 AM

I am so surprised. /sarc
Kerry ran for President, not Veep, and his running mate, John Edwards, was Cheney’s opponent in the debate. Said mate declared himself an ’employee’ of a corporation he owned and created from scratch, and paid himself a salary significantly less than the $millions he ‘channeled’ from dead babies, avoiding paying Medicare tax on all of his earnings. Legal? You be the judge.
Yes, they love taxes, but not the paying of them.
The drunk or druggy Kennedy Congressman from Rhode Island nailed a highway divider in the middle of the night, claimed he was on his way to a “session of Congress” to avoid being thrown into the slammer, and was driving a car THAT WAS NOT HIS OWN. He was ‘provided’ the car by a foundation or trust fund … Wonder who owns and runs the fund?
Do any of these people have to pay for anything them self?

tomw on July 24, 2010 at 12:38 PM

One of my families favorite pastimes in Newport is to wander over to this boat year and ooh and aah at all the enormous and very luxurious boats either moored there or awaiting servicing. Cannot go on the property but there ia big chain link fence that we lesser folk can peer through to see how the other half lives. lol

jeanie on July 24, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Actually, it’s one step worse. Lurch’s mouthpiece gives the strong impression that the boat is being berthed in Rhode Island because it was built there, and the builders know better than anyone else how to do that. Sounds mildly plausible… until you find out that the boat was built in New Zealand:

Zumkopf on July 25, 2010 at 6:40 PM

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