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Old 23 September 2004, 16:24   #21
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Nick - ignore Richard B and stick with Brian's advice!!

(Just going to check our paperwork now - make sure there are no dodgy invoices! )
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Old 23 September 2004, 19:11   #22
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When this first became an issue C&E set up an office at Dover to issue the eqivalent document to say the boat was over a certain age and therefore presumed VAT had been paid, on proof of supporting documents.

Might be worth having a chat with C&E.

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The rule is that the boat should be built before December 31st 1984 to be exempt from VAT. Also (in UK) a valuation of less than £4000 net is considered "negligible" and no VAT would be collected by HMC&E, though whether other EC countries would apply this second rule, I don't know.

The "retyped" invoice isn't necessarily illegal - if it contains all the correct information, then who could ever challenge it?
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When this first became an issue C&E set up an office at Dover to issue the eqivalent document to say the boat was over a certain age and therefore presumed VAT had been paid, on proof of supporting documents.

Might be worth having a chat with C&E.

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Do you mean the Church of England?
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Old 24 September 2004, 02:58   #25
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That's C of E

No harm in that either tho'

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Old 27 September 2004, 11:53   #26
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We have now found quite a lot of info on marinas in South of France, and have decided to treat ourselves to a cheap flight to Nice after Christmas to look around.

We are now on the hunt for our original VAT invoice - although the VAT law says that records are destroyed after seven years, so who could check whether a 'retyped' invoice is valid or not?

I have been trying to find our invoice - but Falcon Boatbuilders are now no more, I have no idea who bought the boat from new, only that it went to a marina in Norfolk in June 1989, so apart from phoning the C & E in Dover, which I shall do (thanks for that information by the way) I have no choice but to do a 'retyped' invoice and hope I am not hooked up to a polyograph(?) machine on arrival at Calais..........

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Do you mean the Church of England?
Absolutely, you will need them if the French catch you with a fraudulent VAT Receipt

Gerldine, got any pictures of your Falcon ?

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Why go to France anyway, little bit more to the right and your in Spain nice in land horbour check out pics.
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Have trailered my rib to France for two family hols, most recently in august this year. Took my ICC, vat receipt, insurance docs etc but have never been asked to produce them. Taking everything with you means one less thing to be concerned about, you can bet your bottom dollar that if you don't have it then they will ask for it!! Launching fees and marina costs are much cheaper than at home and we never had probs accessing slipways etc.

Yachting monthly publish cruising companions and we found it contained excellent info, ours contained info for west france and the canals from bordeaux to the med. I'm pretty sure there will be one to cover the area you want.

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Thanks for all the helpful information. Glad to know that we wont have any problems slipping. We seem to have found a very helpful lady working in a marina in Cavalaire who said we should have no problem storing the trailers and cars. Going to do a rekkie in January.

The VAT receipt fiasco is still ongoing. C & E have been totally uphelpful, saying there is nothing they can do if the boat isnt on their records. I asked about the letter stating that VAT had been assumed to have been paid on the boat, (someone suggested asking for that in a previous reply), and they said they would under no circumstances issue anything like this.

What are you supposed to do when you dont have a receipt, have made exhaustive efforts to find one, have tracked down three previous owners who never had the VAT receipt and the company that built the boat is now out of business??

Spain does indeed begin to look inviting...................

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