My partner Debbie & I have bought a boat which is currently laid up in Greece
and we are going to be heading over early next year to begin an exciting time as liveaboard
cruisers in The Med.
One question I had is whether VAT payable on new (or newish) goods we ship to the boat yard for us to use on our boat? My understanding is that new goods attract VAT whereas used goods do not. What about the grey areas - things like books
, linen and tools that I want to buy in Australia
. As long as I wash linen a couple of times I think I should be ok. Books
are a bit more difficult as they will probably look pretty new. Similar with tools.
For new books would I have to do something like mark pages with sticky tabs for relevant sections and maybe the odd pencil marking? Do I try to get tools a bit dirty as well to have them look more used?
Hopefully a liveaboard
has experienced the same situation and can answer
Depending on the answers I might have to rethink what I buy if I potentially get slugged an extra 23% on top of what I pay for items here in Australia