Sell condo. Check.
Sell camper. Check.
Sell stuff. Store stuff. Donate stuff. Check, check and check.
What’s left? Let’s see… change address. A quick search shows that Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire (with some exceptions), South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming do not tax personal income. Actually, change address, and residency, to a state without income tax! There are a couple of options: you can hire a company to receive your mail (to hold, forward or destroy it), or you can impose on family. I will still need access to snail mail for tax documents, refund checks, and the like; I will need a mail box but I don’t expect much mail. Washington here I come! No income tax and an obliging sister.
I loaded what few possessions I had in the car I still had, and started driving to Washington. Somewhere around day 2, I decided I definitely should have flown to Washington. After a quick stop in Pendelton, Oregon, for a steak at Hamley Steakhouse & Saloon, I was in Washington. I had a few “to do” items: niece’s birthday dinner; install new smoke detectors (really? I have to tell people that smoke detectors aren’t just for decoration?); fix everything I had f-d up on my new website; have lunch with my nephew (ok, didn’t do this one… I had somehow blocked his number on my phone… sorry); and get a Washington driver’s license. Turns out, a driver’s license is an important step when changing your residency: it shows a definite break with Colorado (which would have happily collected income tax forever), and a move to Washington. All I needed was an appointment and a collection of documents to rival the National Archives.
Next stop: Oregon. And more obliging family to impose upon. Once again, I had a few “to do” items: hand over old maps of Oregon and the US (funny how things change in just 150 years); sell my car (yep, the one I should have sold in Colorado, but the driving is nearly done…); attend an in-law gathering. All easily done.
Finally, I made it to the airport. Two bags and me. Portland to Toronto via Vancouver.
I agree. I really do. My first blog post is pretty dull. It is also posted. Who would have thought a luddite like me, could have accomplished so much in just 3 weeks?