Originally Posted by Pblais
Fly the Jersey flag with pride knowing most tax collectors will be after you. Just be sure you have all the papers in order.
The "trick" is to always
have yer papers in order
Funnily enough the Jersey Red Ensign is exactly
the same as the UK Red Ensign......i.e not defaced like all the colonies (BVI, Gibraltar
........and our sister island of Guernsey
).........you tell the difference by the Port of Registry which you are required to display (usually on the stern). The Jersey Port of Registry is....."Jersey"
......whereas in the UK it can be Southampton
, Cardiff, Portsmouth etc etc......of course the French on the nearby coast know well the difference between Jersey and Cardiff for VAT purposes
.......whereas perhaps those in countries further afield just look at the Red Ensign and assume it is all UK and same same (who would expect what are effectively two countries having the same Ensign / flag?!!).
BTW my boat is registered in London
.......So I fly the UK Red Ensign, not the Jersey Red Ensign
. I have NO Vat receipt as she was built before (UK) VAT was even invented, was in the UK before 1988 (I think this is the grandfather year + / - a year or 2 anyway) plus she was bought and sold in the UK between UK persons......she therefore has
VAT Paid status even though none was paid (albeit no piece of paper exists to simply state this
).....but I do have documents to evidence the above which = her VAT status - not ideal, but as good as it gets and I am confident it will be ok (I would not have bought her if I thought not).
So far no problems for me (But probably due to my lack of time in France
meaning I have never been inspected - but I fully expect this to happen in due course)..........but in any event for the forseable I am also "covered" by the fact that even a Jersey Non EU VAT paid boat can visit the EU for up to 6 months at a time, which in practice is way more than enough - given I do work for a living!.....but I could moor the boat all year in France.
BTW VAT for non EU peeps (US OZ etc) with non EU boats is not nearly as complicated as it perhaps seems........for the simple fact that you are genuinely
only visiting and easily prove this. My understanding is that boats and persons who are genuinely not from the EU (US, OZ etc etc) and visiting can spend longer (18 months??) in the EU without paying VAT - but I think this may have to be applied for, but I could be wrong on this bit.