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Tax owning a Boat in CH

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I would like to ask if anyone has or knows where I can find Info about Taxation when owning a motorboat.

From where I come from, boats are categorized according to length, cabin etc. and a fixed amount is payed every year.

How is it here in CH. I am planing to buy one here and use it abroad under a Swiss Flag.
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Re: Tax owning a Boat in CH

I've never heard of a boat tax, but you pay a registration fee like you do with an automobile. Unless you are importing a boat you bought elsewhere, one time.
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Re: Tax owning a Boat in CH

Guess what........... it's Cantonal.

Of course there is tax, that's why boats have registration number.
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Old 09.11.2015, 17:41
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Re: Tax owning a Boat in CH

Ah, I refer to that as a registration fee, but I suppose you could call it a tax. There are also periodical inspections, just like a car.

It depends on power of the boat's engine, measured in kiloWatts. The Kanton's Strassenverkehrsamt would have a fee scale for you.
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Re: Tax owning a Boat in CH

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Hello,

I would like to ask if anyone has or knows where I can find Info about Taxation when owning a motorboat.
Shipping usually comes under the umbrella of the Strassenverkehrsamt in your canton. So have a look at the website for Thurgau.

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How is it here in CH. I am planing to buy one here and use it abroad under a Swiss Flag.
Sorry, ain't going to happen unless you hold a Swiss passport. The Swiss flag, when used abroad, is reserved by law for use by Swiss citizens only (so as to preserve neutrality in the event of war). And the Swiss citizen needs to hold either the Hochseeschein or a foreign certificate that the SMNO deems equivalent (e.g. RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, ASA 108).

If you want to buy the boat here, you'll need to reflag it for use abroad. Either on your own country's register, or the register of the country where you will keep the boat, or under a flag of convenience. And of course, bear in mind that every country has its own regulations to comply with.
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Shipping usually comes under the umbrella of the Strassenverkehrsamt in your canton. So have a look at the website for Thurgau.



Sorry, ain't going to happen unless you hold a Swiss passport. The Swiss flag, when used abroad, is reserved by law for use by Swiss citizens only (so as to preserve neutrality in the event of war). And the Swiss citizen needs to hold either the Hochseeschein or a foreign certificate that the SMNO deems equivalent (e.g. RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore, ASA 108).

If you want to buy the boat here, you'll need to reflag it for use abroad. Either on your own country's register, or the register of the country where you will keep the boat, or under a flag of convenience. And of course, bear in mind that every country has its own regulations to comply with.
Thanks for the Info.
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If you want to buy the boat here, you'll need to reflag it for use abroad.
...forgot to add, and pay EU VAT on it if you are going to keep it in the EU. Which is yet another can of worms. If you want to keep a boat abroad, you're far better off buying it locally and, if in the EU, making sure it has VAT-paid status
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