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Old 08-02-2010
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The rules, at least officially, is that an EU resident purchasing a boat that is in the EU would immediately have to pay VAT.

I've read that Malta offers a 7% VAT option that is accepted elsewhere in the EU, but haven't followed up on the matter.

Regardless, if you declare the boat as part of your personal possessions when returning to the EU as an ex-Pat and you've had that boat for more than a year (it could be 6 months, I'm not certain of the timeframe) then the boat is considered VAT paid for tax purposes and you will have an easier time selling it.
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