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Old 06-11-2019, 04:20   #1
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Question Registering a vessel in the USA as a permanent expat, and VAT

I (an American citizen) have just bought a boat abroad in Southeast Asia. I have lived abroad in Asia since college, about 20 years now.

My boat is currently registered in Belgium with the previous owner. I cannot register her in the country which I reside, as only citizens are able to. I can, however, keep my foreign registered boat here indefinitely, which I intend to do.

I looked at the forms from USCG about registering and was a bit confused on the VAT. It sounds like I pay no VAT until I enter US waters, which I intend to never do. I plan to sail Asia and Oceania for a few years if not decades, and after that head to Europe in the far future. I certainly will not be in the US in the next few decades, and will likely by then own another vessel.

So my question is, do I understand correctly that I do not pay VAT until or if I enter US waters? If so, what about when or if I sell her?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-11-2019, 04:59   #2
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Re: Registering a vessel in the USA as a permanent expat, and VAT

USA doesn't have VAT.

You don't have to pay import taxes unless you bring it back.
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