"Greece: Proposed tax for all cruising yachts passed by parliament
By Practical Boat Owner — last modified Nov 22, 2013 02:32 PM
Cruising sailors in Greece will face increased costs next year as the Government has voted to impose a tax on all leisure and commercial tourist craft. Latest update from the Cruising Association, original report by Practical Boat Owner.
Published: 2013-11-22 00:00:00
Topics: Cruising Information
Greece: Proposed tax for all cruising yachts passed by parliament
Latest update 22 November: The Greek tax reported by PBO below was voted on and passed by the Greek parliament on the 20 November. It is expect to be gazetted/published, and thus become applicable, from early next week (25 November).
Go to the Cruising Assocation Website for the latest on this new Greek Cruising Tax.
Original Report 15 November:
If the law is imposed, the tax will be introduced on 1 January 2014, as a circulation tax and will mean yachts and motorboats between 7m and 12m will have to pay up to €400 each year.
Vessels of more than 12m will be charged €100 per metre every year with concessions for permanently based yachts of 30% or a choice to pay €10 per metre per month.
The Cruising Association, based in Limehouse in London's Docklands, UK, has been monitoring the situation in Greece as it has almost 1,500 members sailing throughout the islands. CA member, Jim Baerselman, who has sailed in Greek waters for more than 30 years, said this was a significant tax which could put many people off cruising in Greece.
He has been in contact with a Greek tax accountant, who said: 'The tax will be charged for all recreational and commercial ships and small boats, regardless of their flag, which sail, are moored or anchored in Greek waters.'
Keep proof of payment
Mr Baerselman added that the Minister of Marine and Aegean had said yachts or motorboats sailing in Greek waters needed to keep proof of payment with their registration document which is issued when entering Greece. Failure to pay the tax and keep proof of payment on board could mean the boat would be detained by the Port, Tax and Customs Authority and a fine of 100% of the tax due to be paid imposed.
Mr Baerselman said the proposed law also stated any boat cruising out of Greek waters after paying the annual tax would not be liable for a refund, but the payment would remain valid for the current year.
Why the tax?
The aims of the tax are to 'strengthen public revenue' and to 'correspond to the type and charges made by neighbouring countries, but not to act as a disincentive to tourists.'
The proposed tax is part of an omnibus bill sweeping up a range of detailed legislation and is an addition to a general maritime bill passed in the Greek parliament last month which omitted reference to leisure craft pending consultations.
A final decision on the proposed tax is due to be made in the Greek parliament by the end of November.
26 listopada w Grecji uchwalono wprowadzenie nowego podatku dla wszelkich łodzi zarówno prywatnych jak i komercyjnych.
Podatek ma wynieść:
7m - 8m €200
8m – 10m €300
10m – 12m €400
powyżej 12m €100/metr
Przy płatności za cały rok obowiązuje rabat 30%.
Za nie opłacenie podatku kara wynosi dodatkowo 100% podatku
Podatek obowiązuje od 1.01.2014. Nie jest jasne co z jachtami już znajdującymi się w Grecji.
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By the chance of this contact we would also like to inform you about the new sailing tax in Greece. A tax which we consider wrong and unfair as far as it concerns the boat owners which are not residents of our country. Without any doubts, this tax will bring the opposite results than expected because of the number of boats that will depart the country, if it finally comes in effect. For your information there are a lot of arguments coming from inside and outside the country which put pressure to the government to re consider. Until the time we are writing these lines nobody (not the port police office nor the tax office) has any information about it. There are a lot of difficulties to be settled in order non residents to be able to pay taxes in Greece (To do so you must have a Greek tax number -AFM-…..). However we estimate that it will take some time to settle all these issues therefore the new tax will not in come in effect very soon. For any new information we have about it, we will let you know.
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