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New Boating Taxes in Europe Highlighted by Irish Sailing & the EBA

29th November 2017
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A new Greek boating tax could mean a cost of €16 per month for a 7 – 8 metre boat A new Greek boating tax could mean a cost of €16 per month for a 7 – 8 metre boat

Increased taxes on leisure boating are becoming more of a reality in European waters, according to Irish Sailing and the European Boating Association (EBA) that list two new taxes for 2018.

In Greece, for example, a tax on boating has been a possibility for a number of years, however recent communications indicate that it is increasingly likely that this tax will come to fruition in 2018.

In very basic terms this tax will see owners that keep their boats in Greece paying an amount based on the length of the boat which for a 7 – 8 metre boat is likely to be around €16 per month increasing to €8 per metre per month for boats of more than 12 metres in length.

Harry Hermon Irish sailingHarry Hermon represents Irish Sailing Interests at the EBA

Irish Sailing CEO Harry Hermon, who sits on an EBA committee to monitor EU legislation that could restrict boating activity, says: 'We're keeping a close eye on this [Greek tax] to try and ensure it doesn’t reach into Ireland'.

In a separate development, a significant increase to the Croatian Sojourn tax is planned for 2018 which will in the worst cases will increase by over 400% for an annual payment. The Sojourn Tax is payable by all boaters in Croatia and was last set in 2013 when Croatia acceded to the EU.

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