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Old 29-09-2020, 11:09   #1
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Second hand boat VAT

So, we are in the process of buying a boat in Sweden and the boat previously had 2 owners both Swedish and from what I know the VAT was paid by the first owner but they donít have proof of this. The boat stayed in Sweden so I would assume VAT was paid, but thatís not enough, a receipt would be great.

Is there anyway of getting proof? The shipyard who built the boat no longer exists Iím afraid. Is there some kind of yacht/boat register in Sweden that would have this information. Would the tax department be able to help?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-03-2021, 13:13   #2
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Re: Second hand boat VAT

If the boat was built and sailed in Sweden before Sweden joined the EU (the exact relevant date is the January 1st 1997) they don't need a proof of VAT. They're assumed to have the VAT paid.

Another good idea is to add to the sales-contract, that the seller has to provide proof of VAT.

This might help you.
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Old 05-03-2021, 06:03   #3
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Re: Second hand boat VAT

the only valid proof for a young boat is a recent statement from the local customs office stating that VAT has been paid and has not been reclaimed

a statement in a contract that VAT has been paid is not proof
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