Originally Posted by goboatingnow
On the Atlantic coast the French have a bit of a thing going in relation to British ensigned boats as they suspect every Brit is hiding out in the Chanel islands dodging vat.
I have no idea where they could get the idea from that we are all tax dodgers
. For us having a piece of paper (original sales receipt that says VAT paid) is very useful (even though as you say it does not mean everything - and sometimes nothing!) plus being able to show that we (or the boat) don't actually live in France
....and are only visiting to spend money
(they like that). Being nice also helps (and be aware that they can usually speak a lot more English
than they will admit to).
At the risk of taking the thread off topic
, a mate of me Father's lost
a house in France over VAT (and other taxes). Long story short, it was a derelict that he re-built with imported (VAT free) materials (he was a builder) - my bet is that the Douanes (and many of the locals!) spent a couple of years giggling.....before they arrived with the bill. At the end of the day the house was "seized" and ended up being cheaper to walk away from.....
....then again me father knows someone who stole a house - piece by piece, from a builder's merchant
But that was before computers
and stuff.....hey, it's the Jersey way - we be of Norman stock, "back in the day" we once "acquired" England
. Hell, someone over here once owned most of New Jersey
, can't remember how - I think it was probably something like turning up with a flag or being a mate of someone who knew someone........
Is a bit of an obsession, which seems to die down as you get to the med. the French have always had a thing about the channel islands ( well they do call them ille normandes !! ) .
Les Illes Anglo-Normande - FWIW, their be moves over here to go UDI (by our lords and masters (a coalition of Paedos, Little Englanders and moneyed Spivs) - not the peasants), could well end up as UDI lite.......although something of a Nationalist, that prospect fills me with horror!....and at present I favour re-unifying with Normandy! or inviting the Germans back
- but all that probably comes under the CF "No politics" rule
(even if it is not seen as "real" politics