What You Need to Know About Domiciling in Florida

Key takeaways

  • Warmer weather isn’t the only reason so many people decide to change their domicile to Florida.
  • There are a number of factors to understand when considering changing your domicile to Florida, including tax implications and intent.
  • Coyle Financial is hosting a Domicile Event on September 17th and 18th in Glenview.

Winters in our northern climate can be brutal, though these sunny summer days can make us forget just how cold and dreary Midwest winters tend to be. Come winter, many of us long to move to warmer climates, and for those who own homes in Florida, it may be something to consider.

While warmer weather is a great incentive, it’s certainly not the only reason to domicile in Florida. There are a number of important and interesting factors to consider and understand when changing your domicile to Florida.

Tax Implications

First off, Florida has no state income tax. If you’re an Illinois resident, the state tax is approximately 5%. So, if your income is $100,000 per year, you’re paying around $5,000 in state income tax. It may not make a huge difference, but it could be a consideration.

A larger tax implication, though, is estate tax. Currently, at the federal level, estate taxes kick in at $11.4 million for individuals and $23 million for couples. For the majority of people, these amounts aren’t at levels that would affect them.

However, for Illinois, the estate tax thresholds are $4 million for individuals and $8 million for couples, and these taxes can be hefty. The calculations are complicated, but the tax ranges around 20%. For a $10 million estate, you’re looking at approximately a couple of hundred thousand in taxes.


The most important factor in establishing your domicile is intent, and it’s more substantial than simply living in Florida 51% of the year. In addition to spending most of your time in Florida, intent includes a number of factors, such as having the following in Florida:

  • Voter registration
  • Driver’s license and vehicle registration
  • Primary physicians
  • Home mailing address
  • Place of worship
  • Homestead

Coyle’s Domicile Event

Unsurprisingly, many people are moving out of Illinois because the state’s budget is severely underfunded. Additionally, Illinois is looking to increase the state income tax, which will only drive more to leave the state. Many are moving south and considering Florida for their domicile.

If you’re one of those who are considering making the move to Florida, Coyle Financial is hosting a “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out to Florida Domicile” event. Details are below. We hope you can join us! Until next time, enjoy.


Sunshine State of Mind:

Protect Your Assets with Florida Domicile

Tuesday, September 17th OR Wednesday, September 18th

The Glen Club

2901 West Lake Ave

Glenview IL 60026

Registration begins at 5:45 PM

Appetizers & refreshments at 6:00 PM

Presentation at 6:30 PM

Q&A after the presentation

To reserve your place, please call Karyn at (847) 441-5644

Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

Learn more about TransformingWealth™ , our proprietary approach designed to get your arms around the big picture, so you can make informed financial decisions. Ask Gary about Coyle’s TransformingWealth Preview Meeting and schedule a complimentary consultation and start living the Good Life Managed Well™.
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