• Clarification on French Social Security from Sarnia

    Posted: 4th October 2017 | Written by: Dan Armsden

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    The French social security decree (No 2017-307 of 9 March 2017) has been a hot topic for much of 2017. The implementation has not been smooth, creating confusion, uncertainty, alienating French and non-EU crew and resulting in a significant loss of business across the French maritime regions and further afield.
  • Full Cover Without a King's Ransom

    Posted: 27th August 2017 | Written by: Simon Dixon

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    Back in the day of Henry VIII, life aboard a naval warship was akin to being in prison with the added danger of being cannonballed, drowned or killed by primitive medical care. Thankfully conditions have improved and these days you don’t need a king’s ransom to fully cover yourself or your crew from the hazards of life at sea.
  • What are the Rules for EU Yacht Importation?

    Posted: 23rd August 2017 | Written by: Bruce Maltwood

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    For a yacht to be in free circulation within the EU it has to have been supplied in the EU, imported into the EU or grandfathered in by way of VAT exemption on age. If your yacht was supplied in the EU as a domestic supply with VAT applied then the chances are that yacht is in free circulation and no importation is required. If a yacht is operated privately under temporary admission...
  • Make Your Money Work While You Sleep

    Posted: 20th August 2017 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    It's Groundhog Day... you save and you spend. You save and you spend. The cycle never stops. You're a hamster on a treadmill - spinning away, yet standing still. Don't get me wrong, yachting is a lot of fun, and there are far worse treadmills to be on, but surely there must be more? So what if instead of working for the boss you start thinking like the boss?
  • Seafarers Earnings Deduction - Tax Advice for Yacht Crew

    Posted: 25th June 2017 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    Eventually the time comes for all yacht crew to address their tax situation and to accept that this is inevitability, not a choice. There are still so few UK/EU resident crew who are aware of the existence of SED, or that taking advantage of this unique tax position affords significant benefits. There are many reasons for this, but here's what you need to know.
  • French Social Security - What You Need to Know

    Posted: 1st June 2017 | Written by: John Cook

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    Following news of changes to the French Social Security system, for many yacht crew the implications remain clear as mud. Having scrutinized every point, John Cook cuts through the confusion to summarize exactly what you need to know.
  • Debrief: French Social Security Seminar at Monaco Yacht Club

    Posted: 18th May 2017 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    In the words of David Crosby ‘You got to speak out against the madness, you got to speak your mind if you dare’. The yachting community definitely spoke its mind yesterday evening in response to the French Decree (Décret no.2017-307) announced on 9 March regarding changes to French Social Security payments for yacht crew.
  • Yacht Crew FAQs: French Social Security

    Posted: 28th April 2017 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    Following the announcement on 9 March regarding upcoming changes to French Social Security Laws, Marine Accounts has received numerous questions from concerned seafarers about how these changes will affect them. Here's a quick reference guide based on 12 of the most frequently asked questions.
  • French Social Security: Implications for US, AUS & NZ Yacht Crew

    Posted: 1st April 2017 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    While the USA and Canada hold bilateral social security treaties with France, Australia and New Zealand do not. So what are the implications for AUS and NZ yacht crew when new French social security laws come into force on 1 July 2017?
  • Superyacht Salvage: Insurance Implications

    Posted: 24th March 2017 | Written by: Jonas Ball

    Does your hull insurance cover towing and salvage costs? In the event, a salvor may be a professional salvage company or the captain of a commercial yacht and, if successful, they are entitled to charge a fee. What many people don't realise is that this can equate to as much as 100% of the value of the vessel. Pantaenius explains how a salvage should be handled to avoid nasty suprises later.
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