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Michael J Roberts 07-03-2012 06:47 AM

Danger - greek taxes
 

DANGER, GREEK RECIPROCAL TAX


We are trapped in Pylos by the Port Police who have forbidden us to leave. They are demanding 9,500 euros in unpaid reciprocal taxes. There is no invoice, no clear calculation, no explanation why this was not requested by all the other Port Police who have stamped our Transit Log over the years.

We are found a helpful lawyer who came to the Port Police with us. The Police can only offer to escort us by gunboat to Kalamata where we can leave the boat and pay next year. We are depressed and frightened.

Please tell all non-EU boats to stay away from Greece - new and arbitrary laws can catch you at any time.

More on this saga tomorrow.

DavidB.UK 07-03-2012 08:16 AM

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Wow, thats a bit scary!

Best of luck guys, hope it works out ok for you.

scratchee 07-03-2012 08:37 AM

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I found this recent discussion with some information about the tax:

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SEMIJim 07-03-2012 10:27 AM

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Good catch, scratchee.

Michael J Roberts,

It looks like you're not the only sailor to have been caught unawares by this. You might consider posting an advisory about it on Cruisers Forum (in particular), Anything Sailing, Sailboat Owners, Sail Far, and perhaps even Sailing Anarchy. (Tho if you're new to that last one, don't be surprised by the... er... "unruly" reception you might receive.)

Hope you get your boat back soon :(

Jim

Captainmeme 07-03-2012 11:16 AM

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From the noonsite web site
"Reciprocal Tax Charge (replacing the Cruising Permit): 15 euro per metre, charged for each period of 3 months spent in Greek waters. Payable at the end of each 90 day period and not payable if departing before 90 days."

hellosailor 07-03-2012 12:23 PM

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Perhaps the only change is that now that Greece is broke, someone on high has reminded the port police to be more vigilant about collecting an old tax they used to ignore.

bljones 07-03-2012 01:00 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Captainmeme (Post 892089)
From the noonsite web site
"Reciprocal Tax Charge (replacing the Cruising Permit): 15 euro per metre, charged for each period of 3 months spent in Greek waters. Payable at the end of each 90 day period and not payable if departing before 90 days."

Great googly-moogly, if the greeks are billing the OP 9500 euros, he must have one big-ass boat, and have stayed in greece one long-ass time.

DavidB.UK 07-03-2012 01:17 PM

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What do you actually get for this money?

What are these permits actually for?
Do they pertain only to Greece? or can they be 'enjoyed' all over the Med?

tommays 07-03-2012 02:23 PM

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Its not like we dont have the same thing going on in the USA if you stay out of state to long in ONE place

Be it boats or snowbirds in there wheels or and airplane

adamsj23 07-10-2012 12:15 PM

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Taxes suck


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