The reports regarding many of the nation’s wealthy packing up and moving to different states in order to avoid the high taxes where they currently reside continue to mount. According to one such report, David Tepper, the president of Appaloosa Management L.P., who is the wealthiest resident of New Jersey, is in fact no longer a resident of New Jersey.
Mr. Teppert reportedly registered to vote in Florida last year and then later in December, he took the necessary legal measures to become a resident of state, thus leaving New Jersey in the dust. Then, in January of this year he followed his own move with a business reorganization that also moved his company to Florida. So, why Florida? The state does not have any income or estate taxes.
While those who know him said taxes where not Mr. Teppert’s only motive for the move, his decision could save him hundred of millions in tax dollars. Florida is fast becoming a relocation haven for many of the nation’s wealthiest individuals and state officials recognize the opportunity and are seizing it.
The state has been actively trying to lure many of the wealthiest individuals that currently live in the Northeast, in places like New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. It appears those efforts are working, as Mr. Teppert is not the only billionaire to make the transition to Florida in the last few years. From 2012 to 2014 the number of firms that run private pooled vehicles, like hedge funds for example, increased in the state from 37 to 62.
It appears that the sunny weather isn’t the only draw to Florida for many of the country’s wealthiest taxpayers.