• 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.
  • ISAs and Yacht Crew - Don't Miss Out!

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

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    Many UK yacht crew are aware that they can file tax returns under the Seafarers Earnings Deduction (SED) and claim 100% tax relief on their income from yachting. What many crew may not know is that once you become a UK tax resident, you are also eligible to invest your earnings in ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) providing tax advantages on savings and investments.
  • New French Social Security Laws: Implications for Yacht Crew & Owners

    Posted: 18th March 2017 | Written by: John Cook

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    France has now brought its social security laws in line with the mandatory requirements of MLC 2006 with Decree no 2017-307 which comes into force on 1 July 2017. Together with a major law firm, Lesia Group has studied the Decree to provide clarification on the implications of this new legislation for yacht owners and yacht crew.
  • 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.
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