Originally Posted by malikalalu
Hi, Anybody familiar with offshore registration
procedures for sailboats purchased in France
by non Europeans and the procedure to avoid paying the VAT?
Offhsore Registration and VAT are 2 seperate issues.
Avoiding VAT depends on where the boat will be based, not on where the buyer is from nor where the boat is registered. As a Non Euro and if the boat is to be based outside the EU then a new boat will be easy enough, a s/h one will be more difficult - I recall
vaguely that after 3 years the VAT is not recoverable, but it is possible to buy s/h in the EU with no VAT on the boat from businesses (usually charter
companies), if the boat stayed in the EU VAT would be payable by you, but if going outside it will not be payable.
You could also buy in Europe
and outside the EU (for VAT purposes) - like from Jersey
- anything new could be bought from here, don't need a boat builder
Just to confuse the issue we also have S/h ones with VAT paid - and ones without - and also ones which did have VAT paid but now have lost
their VAT paid status - despite documentary evidence to the contrary / the surprise of the vendor!
Where are you from and based, are you buying
new or used and where will she be used and what flag do you want?