We are wondering if anyone has similar experiences with the VAT declarations and Dutch brokers - and if yes, how did you solve the problems ?
The a succinct version of the whole story is this:
1) We bought a sailing yacht from the Netherlands
, a well-known broker as a representative of seller. The seller is the second owner (private person). The first owner has used the yacht in the charter
business. The VAT status in the Sales Agreement is PAID. An original invoice with the VAT details is signed by a private person (We suppose the first owner, resident in Germany). This document was provided us as a Proof of VAT Status.
2) After paying the final payment we received the Conformity Document of vessel, we noticed that HIN number was incorrect in the Sales Agreement => the second Sales Agreement was signed and we had to re-register the yacht plus inform our insurance
3) After receiving the rest of the documentation
, we noticed that also the engine
number was incorrect => the third Sales Agreement was signed and once again we had to re-register the yacht and inform our insurance
4) After this set of three Sales Agreements, the insurance company asked whether the reason for these inaccuracies in two vital pieces of information was a need to hide the identity of this vessel. In addition, the registration
authorities asked whether VAT really has been paid!!!!
5) Now it has become clear that the INVOICE written by the first owner for the use of second owner is not a valid document to prove the VAT Status. We asked the broker and the seller provide a valid VAT declaration, so far without results.
We are wondering if anyone has similar experiences with the brokers in the Netherlands
. In addition, all advice what to do is highly appreciated. We are not familiar with this kinds of issues. For that reason we decided to buy this yacht because we trusted the broker ...