Greek cruising tax temporarily suspended
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 www.aade.gr 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