Greek cruis­ing tax tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended

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The in­tro­duc­tion of the Greek cruis­ing tax, known as the TEPAH, has been de­layed un­til 2 April 2019. The Greek Gov­ern­ment orig­i­nally im­ple­mented the tax on 16 Novem­ber 2018, giv­ing boat own­ers just 10 days to pay.

The Cruis­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (CA) said there was still no in­for­ma­tion on how the tax will work, other than it will run un­der the TAXISnet sys­tem part of the Greek tax sys­tem and will be paid on­line.

It said it un­der­stands that ves­sels have to be reg­is­tered at the web­site, which is in Greek and hasn’t been set up for the tax. There are statu­tory fines for non-com­pli­ance.

The CA’s Chris Robb said he was con­cerned that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Greek cruis­ing tax could be as dif­fi­cult as the re­place­ment DEKPA – the doc­u­ment all boat own­ers must have stamped an­nu­ally and carry with all ship’s pa­pers.

“I have se­vere reser­va­tions that an E-tax can be de­signed and launched in such a short time,” he said.

“I fear that the tax will be launched on a semi-man­ual ba­sis with sig­nif­i­cant in­volve­ment of Port Po­lice, with all the train­ing is­sues that were seen with the in­tro­duc­tion of the ‘new’ DEKPA.”

The CA is cur­rently in talks with the Greek Gov­ern­ment, urg­ing for the in­tro­duc­tion of tran­si­tional ar­range­ments to avoid fines for ves­sel own­ers who did not know about the tax, or where the tax was im­pos­si­ble for them to pay.

It has also sub­mit­ted a nine-page doc­u­ment, lay­ing out the ne­ces­si­ties for a clear and easy to use reg­is­tra­tion and pay­ment process. The Swedish and Ger­man Yacht­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions are also work­ing with the CA.

The pro­posed rate for the TEPAH is r16 per month for a 7-8m boat, r25 per month for a 8-10m boat and r33 per month for a 10-12m boat. Ves­sels over 12m are charged at a rate of r8 per me­tre.

The in­tro­duc­tion of a Greek cruis­ing tax was first an­nounced in 2014, be­fore the pre­vi­ous Greek Gov­ern­ment aban­doned it.

By April 2019 cruis­ers will have to pay the TEPAH while sail­ing in Greek wa­ters

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