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Greek Tax Concessions on Way


The Cruising Association which has been working on behalf of boat owners in France, Sweden and the UK, reports that there will be concessions for those with boats more than 12m long and that the Greek government will completely revise the current system of port police procedures.  

There are several  steps boat owners can take to minimise the impact of the tax which, although it  became law on January 1, will not be implemented until an on-line fee collection process is up and running, probably sometime in March.

CA member, Jim Baerselman, who has cruised in Greek waters for more than 30 years,  and who has been negotiating for the CA with the Greek Ministry for the last 3 months, explained the Length Over All (LOA) defined in boats' registration  documents would be used in all tax calculations, rounded up to the nearest tenth  of a metre. Boats stored ashore would not have to produce any receipts for the  tax until they launch.
Boats of 12m and less pay a single fee on arrival  or on launching. This permits them to cruise throughout that calendar year in  Greece. There are three bands: 7.1m to 8m, €200; 8.1m to 10m, €300; and 10.1m to 12m, €400. CA has so far been unable to negotiate a lower rate for shorter  visits to Greek waters.

Boats over 12m are notionally due to pay at least 3 times as much. For a calendar year, the fee would be €(100 x LOA) or €1,210  for a 12.1m boat. However, very few boats need to pay this, since there's an  option to pay per month afloat at one tenth the yearly rate  ̶  €121 a  month for 12.1m.
"These monthly payments are the recommended option for  boats over 12m which spend less than seven months a year in the water. For a typical 4 month season (May, June, August, September), €484 would be payable if  the boat can be put ashore for July. For a full seven months (April to October)  €847 would be payable."
Under present  rules, a boat over 12m which  stays more than 11 months a year in Greek territory (afloat or ashore) is entitled to a 30% discount from the annual fee. That's the same as paying monthly for 7 months. This option is useful for live-aboards who stay afloat all  year.

boats in naxos harbour

The CA also asked if boats could be laid up afloat and not have to produce receipts. The Greek Ministry of Maritime Affairs said this might be possible if boats handed in their papers, and were moored in specified  locations, such as registered marinas.

Two concessions the CA requested  have been agreed: 1.    No penalties will be enforced until  the tax collection system has been in operations for some time. 2.    For those currently wintering in Greece, there will be a transitional period for the first year. ‘We understand this is to allow a tax free departure for those planning to leave Greek waters  immediately.'

The CA expects further news about changes to Port Police procedures. As soon as these are known, details will be posted on the CA public web site - http://cruising.org.uk/news/greektax


Original story by Yachting Monthly via Google News
Images courtesy of Flickr/swimparallel and Ristok under Creative Commons License 2.0




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