Richard, who is based at the Sunseeker London office in Mayfair comments; “this will encourage international charter vessels to head back to Spain and help improve the Spanish economy. Up until recently leisure boats over 15m used for charter have been obliged to pay a 12% tax PLUS a 21% VAT which has discouraged owners wishing to charter in Spanish Waters.”
After much debate and lengthy negotiations, the Spanish Marine Trade Association (ANEN) – to which Sunseeker Spain is associated – have convinced Spanish officials to finally make the change, which came into action this month.
Although this is comforting news to our international clients at Sunseeker, Spanish nationals who register their boats (over 8 metres) under the Spanish flag are still subject to matriculation tax. This is the next step for the ANEN to conquer…
Meanwhile, the news is set to have an extremely positive effect on boating in mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, and we look forward to welcoming more boaters to Spanish waters.
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