None of these steps made any difference so I tried a different approche to move the site.
Instead of exporting an .XML file and setting up a new wordpress install on the new server then importing the .xml data into it I used the DUPLICATE plugin and followed the steps they recommened.
Now the tags work fine. Still not sure what the issue is with the previous install as everything else was there without an issue.
Thanks for the response hope this helps someone else. This was my first go around with this in the future I will move all my WordPress sites using DUPLICATE great plugin.