The disaster relief organization I work
for has been donated a BVI-registered 50' catamaran
stored on the hard
in the South of France
that has overstayed its VAT-free period by over a year, so VAT is normally due. We are a US-based 501(c)(3) charity, but I imagine that's unlikely to be recognized by French Customs
. We are investigating the tax position, but even the local broker doesn't know the answer to the below question and he got conflicting answers from the local VAT officials!
So just seeing if anyone here has some knowledge that could help a good cause...
QUESTION: As the boat was donated to a registered charity with a bill of sale showing $0 and valid US filing papers, if we apply to French Customs is there an approach that would convince them to waive the VAT so that we may re-launch and sail the vessel out of Europe?
International Rescue Group - Coastal disaster relief