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Old 14-10-2009, 09:29   #46
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One of the biggest errors that can be made is for the transaction to take place outside EU territory. There is a little clause that requires the same person to bring it back inside the EU, otherwise VAT is re-applied.
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Old 14-10-2009, 09:46   #47
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goboatingnow, I think we are at the end of our discussion.
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sure, As I said I dont understand whats the purpose here

There are lots of ways VAT status can be lost, equally retained etc. TI's , RGR etc. The interaction is undoutably complex. I wouldnt deny that. As allways if in doubt , simply walk away. Again the utltimate decision on these things are often at the whim of local officials , who may interpret them as they see it. etc etc
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:51   #49
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Re: Best Way to Avoid EU VAT?

A quick related question after reading this. I am planning on buying an ex charter catamaran from France and sailing it back to Australia where I live as an Australian citizen. The company has told me VAT is not paid on the boat.

1. can i avoid paying the VAT as I will be exporting the boat
2. if so, how long do I have to leave EU waters

Ideally I would like to explore the Med for 12 - 18 months before leaving, but I guess I could cut it shorter considering the VAT savings would be around US$50,000

I know I will have to pay approximately that amount when I arrive home in duty and GST so I'm not keen on doubling my tax expense.
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