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Re: sales tax and import duties
Just to clarify, you lived in Australia for 30 years, but retained your British citizenship and you plan to buy a boat in the US and bring it back to Britain and liveaboard for a bit.
I don't think you have a departure tax issue on the boat, just yourself, which is only a few dollars.
You are going to have to title and/or register the boat somewhere and that is going to drive taxes. I doubt you want to title it in Florida, but you could. You can't title it with the the USCG, as you are not a US citizen and you must title it with the USCG if you're going to cruise to other countries. So that seems to leave your only option as titling in Britain. I'm no pro on how their taxes work, but I'm sure they are attention getting. I know they have a VAT, but I don't know how it works.
I also have a funny feeling that the UK has standards that must be complied with on their flagged vessels that may not apply in the US, so you could have some modifications to do.
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