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I absolutely do not believe it.

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ZZzzz Report 3 Jul 2013 17:20

Sent two parcels from USA to here (UK) one arrived today but I needed to pay VAT so some what be grudgingly I paid it, so in the true sense of the term VAT how do they justify it, it was one pair of boots.
Goodness knows what the next one will cost there is a variety of books and kitchen tools in it. :-|


eRRolSheep Report 3 Jul 2013 17:40

Anything, well, most things from outside the EU are liable for import VAT as well as customs duty and excise duty.


ZZzzz Report 3 Jul 2013 18:08

I understand the customs and excise duty (well kind of), but VAT??it wasn't bought over here, or am I missing a point?

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Jul 2013 20:27

Used goods can't have VAT on them can they? so.............. :-0


eRRolSheep Report 3 Jul 2013 20:32

It can still be applied ZZzzz

Nolls, with imports it doesn't matter whether it is new or second hand

Hang on - I've got a link somewhere


eRRolSheep Report 3 Jul 2013 20:35

Here you go - not what I was looking for but should be useful...


eRRolSheep Report 3 Jul 2013 20:37

I split the link in half so it wouldn't drop off the edge of the page so you need to copy the whole address into your browser

Nolls from Harrogate

Nolls from Harrogate Report 3 Jul 2013 21:52

Well I didn't know that send to Aus all the time and likewise back here but never had to pay any extra in fact sent a big joinery jig (don't ask) recently over to Aus but they didn't have anything to pay Thank goodness family's in Aus and not US.


JoyBoroAngel Report 3 Jul 2013 22:03

my son

often orders stuff from abroad and has to pay import tax :-D


ZZzzz Report 3 Jul 2013 22:05

Maybe I shouldn't have been honest about cost of contents and what is in there. :-|


eRRolSheep Report 3 Jul 2013 22:10

Nolls it applies to imports not exports - each country has its own regulations.

I think the law actually changed recently or they are in the process of changing the loophole. My understanding was that consignments under a certain value were exempt and I think it used to be £18 . That is why so many companies set up in the Channel Islands. I must look up the details - if I find anything of use I'll post it on here.
Sorry if I have not explained that very well.


DazedConfused Report 3 Jul 2013 22:51

Think you should have declared as a gift.

When I worked in Post Office, we often had to help posters with their customs declarations. And always advised to state that contents were a gift. Think that counteracts the tax problem.

Do not think you have to pay tax on gifts.

Someone will advise if this is not correct, I am going back some years....


eRRolSheep Report 3 Jul 2013 22:53

My understanding is that even goods received as a gift are now liable to taxation


Diamonds-R-A-Girls-Best-Friend Report 3 Jul 2013 23:20

ZZzzz I have never paid a penny on gifts received from Canada. :-S

Gwyn in Kent

Gwyn in Kent Report 4 Jul 2013 07:57

We have family in NZ and over the years gifts have been sent and received with no problem, but earlier this year we had to pay on a gift of socks which had been sent to our address for relatives.



ZZzzz Report 4 Jul 2013 19:46

Guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and pay again when the next parcel gets here, I think I will do it again if I can't get it in my case. :-(