Originally Posted by boatman61
Wait till after Halloween and VAT will not be an issue.
Though to be honest if its not a new boat
VAT does not apply, its a one off tax on new items.
Brexit will make absolutely no difference to VAT as that will still be levied on goods and services in the UK regardless of our status in/out or shaking it about with the EU.
HMRC operate a "sailaway" scheme for purchasers of new vessels, which is an EU wide thing, where an overseas buyer can purchase
VAT free as long as they leave EU waters within 30 days. This is open to EU citizens as well as non EU. I used it when purchasing
in the UK for delivery
as we were sailing directly to Croatia
(at the time NOT in the EU). VAT Free for Tourists also allows a non EU resident to claim back the VAT paid on any items that are exported (so lifejackets, life rafts, electronics
a pre-loved boat it is not an issue as the VAT will already have been paid but it is vital that the new owner has proof of that should they wish to enter the EU. There is a period of 18 month temporary importation for Non EU/EEA citizens before customs
and importation duties would become liable.
VAT is NOT a 1 off tax on boats. Leave the EU for more than 3 years and come back and you'll have to pay it again.
Then you have to factor in the customs
dues when you get back to the USA