• Bad Financial Advice: How to avoid it

    Posted: 15th February 2017 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    Many of you will have come across Facebook posts concerning crew who have received bad financial advice. Sadly, in all too many cases, they have lost some or all of the funds they invested. When you consider the time and hard work involved in earning these funds, everyone owes it to themselves to ensure they get sound financial advice and understand the risks associated with each type of investment.
  • Insurance and Dayworkers Under MLC

    Posted: 13th January 2017 | Written by: Jonas Ball

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    Dayworkers are always a contentious point with regards to insurance. All too often, no employment contracts are signed and in the event of a claim, the process becomes complicated in trying to prove whether the owner is liable for the dayworker’s injuries or death. So what status does a dayworker have and what are the employer's liabilities?
  • NZ Residency Laws Revisited

    Posted: 28th December 2016 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    The New Zealand Inland Revenue Department is trying to remove any grey areas from their residency laws to produce a working model that is clear and easy to understand. However, to comply with the 183 and 325 day rules there are some important factors to consider so Marine Accounts has developed a free online residency test for anyone seeking clarity on their tax status.
  • Tax Residency: How to Complete the CRS/ FATCA Form from your Bank

    Posted: 16th December 2016 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    If you are working on a yacht and banking offshore, the likelihood is that you have received, or will receive, a letter entitled CRS/ FATCA concerning your tax residency. It's important that you respond to avoid risk of your accounts being frozen or closed so Patrick Maflin of Marine Accounts has produced a short video explaining how to complete the form.
  • The Tax Conundrum for Yacht Crew

    Posted: 19th November 2016 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    When it comes to understanding tax liabilities, many yacht crew still believe that they don't need to declare their income. Even if you bank offshore, are non-resident, are not resident anywhere, spend less than 183 days anywhere or live on a foreign flagged vessel - there are rules to follow and often positive financial benefits in filing a return.
  • Charter Yachts and Withholding Tax

    Posted: 19th November 2016 | Written by: Bruce Maltwood

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    Withholding tax of up to 33% is being applied to charters in some EU countries and yacht owners may need to consider restructuring arrangements to avoid being caught out. Yacht ownership established in territories such as Cayman, BVI, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey could be liable and the list of countries currently applying this tax includes France and Spain, with more countries likely to come online shortly.
  • Why Malta is a Preferred Jurisdiction for Yacht Ownership Structures

    Posted: 4th November 2016 | Written by: Bruce Maltwood

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    Choosing a yacht ownership structure has never been a simple matter but, with recent changes in legislation, a minefield of tax laws and fierce competition, along comes Brexit to really shake things up. According to Bruce Maltwood, Director of Sarnia Yachts, these changes present a wave of opportunity, putting Malta firmly in the spotlight as a preferred jurisdiction.
  • Tax Breaks on Crew Training?

    Posted: 7th October 2016 | Written by: Jodie Clarke

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    Yachting has always been viewed as a grey area when it comes to taxation and most crew have only declared their income if their native land recognizes them as exempt. Sadly with new banking transparency and reporting regulations this is no longer an option, but certain tax breaks can soften the blow.
  • Yacht Crew Contracts

    Posted: 14th August 2016 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    The phone rings and it's your soon-to-be new captain telling you that you got the job! In most cases, your employment contract is the last thing on your mind when you accept. However, whether you will work on an MLC compliant vessel with a Seafarers' Employment Agreement or a private yacht under a Crew Agreement, a valid contract is vital and the devil is in the detail.
  • Financial Benefits of Residency for Yacht Crew

    Posted: 22nd July 2016 | Written by: Patrick Maflin

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    Whether you are career crew or just passing through, it's important to make informed financial decisions early on in your career as this will affect your financial options later on, particularly when it comes to investments and buying a property.
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