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Old 12-10-2007, 12:33 AM   #1
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I am about to attend an RYA fastrack course in March of next year. I just made the final payment and am wondering. I'm an American, if i was to go to a college in England I could write it off as education (because we recognize the british governments compotence to accredit colleges)... what about RYA training... to me that would count as vocational training which I could also write off... does anyone know if the US recognizes the MCA's ability to accredit maritime schools???

Obviously I will bring this up with my CPA but in order to do that I really need to be able to bring him enough info on the RYA affiliation with the government... the RYA page talks about the RYA and the MCA working together to develop training etc... but is the RYA "accredited" by the MCA or just recognized unnofficially??

any info and/or references on this are greatly appreciated.
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Hi ,

My understanding that the Maritime Coastguard Agency specifically recognise RYA certification.

Suggest contact the address for tax rebate potential given in the first URL :-

http://www.ryatraining.org/leisure/certcomp/

http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/imarine/recboating/3136.asp

http://www.mti.net.nz/Licences.html

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Ok, just in case I peeked anyone elses interest, I got the answer... after talking to my CPA and him doing some extensive research it appears that even though the RYA is associated with the MCA, which one would think would be recognized by the US as a legit maritime body, since it is not recognized by the US Department of Education, which many UK Colleges/Universities are, it is not useable as a tax write off for education/vocational training even though it leads to commercial endorsement.... talk about stupid... that would have been NICE tax write off.
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