I think I have it all figured out, but there is something I am not clear about. I would appreciate some help on this. I plan to consult an attorney but I would like to be a little more prepared, if possible.
I searched the forum but I did not have much luck.
Here are some facts:
My wife and I are US citizens and residents. We are also EU citizens (from different EU countries).
We are buying
a no-VAT paid boat
. We would like to legally avoid paying EU VAT, since we plan to bring the boat
to US eventually.
We want to cruise
the Med for few years and still maintain our US residency. During the off season, we will be leaving the boat in Turkey
, which is a non-EU country, and will be returning to US.
We know that a non-EU country resident can keep his boat in any EU country for up to 18 months. The boat clock can be reset by taking the boat to a non-EU country, even for a day.
We also know that for a person to be resident of an EU country, he must stay in that EU country for more than 183 days in a calendar year.
If the boat's owner/skipper is EU resident, the boat's VAT is due and payable.
My question is:
Do I still become an EU resident, (and of which country) if I stay in EU more than 183 days total, but less than 183 days in each of the EU countries?
In other words, if I stay in each EU country for, example, 60 days, for a total of 183+ days in the whole EU, do I still become an EU resident?
Thank you in advance.