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BS: VAT Import query

Backwoodsman 13 Aug 18 - 04:50 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 13 Aug 18 - 04:50 AM

"What is the procedure if there is a fault in the guitar?

Take or send it to the UK Authorised Service Centre (yes, there is one!) for assessment. Repair carried out there if possible, if not it has to go back to Nazareth PA - exactly the same procedure as it would be if I was a US resident.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Aug 18 - 04:43 AM

Condoms are products for both men and women to purchase for mutual protection and pleasure.
Sanitary towels and tampons are specifically for women...

..though a minority of blokes might find some use for them...

eg, Bear Grylls starting camp fires...


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 13 Aug 18 - 04:20 AM

Are johnnies zero-rated in Ireland too?


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 13 Aug 18 - 03:55 AM

"....from a North American retailer, I have the full Martin Lifetime Warranty on the instrument, rather than the shitty one-year Warranty that applies to Martin instruments bought from UK dealers."

What is the procedure if there is a fault in the guitar?



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sanitary products\Ireland
this is from 2015, I don't know if the situation has changed since

"Ireland :
Sanitary towels, tampons and panty liners are zero-rated for VAT in Ireland,   as the rate was in place prior to EU legislation imposing minimum rates."
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-32883153 


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Thompson
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 04:15 PM

Quite possible, I'm not so strong on arithmetic. Let's see…

Yeah, one euro is ninety pennies. Still not worth a damn to me in terms of getting rid of my sterling and getting some solid currency for it.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 09:08 AM

I wish Britain and Europe would work out their Brexit deal; the price of sterling keeps dropping and a pound is only worth 90 euro cents at the moment

try again. I think you'll find you have that totally backwards.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Thompson
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 09:01 AM

Ask the individual countries; in Ireland they're zero-rated.

I wish Britain and Europe would work out their Brexit deal; the price of sterling keeps dropping and a pound is only worth 90 euro cents at the moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 06:24 AM

So what's holding up the changes for sanitary products?


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Thompson
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 06:19 AM

The EU discussions are on VAT rates on ebooks.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Aug 18 - 05:42 AM

From: Thompson - PM
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 05:30 PM
You're right, Nigel, and it's a typical example of how the EU works: in the discussions on whether this is right to do, the Czech finance minister raised the issue of possible fraud, and it's been deferred while this is examined. This is what happens when you have a democracy - everyone has to agree before the rules are changed.


What an amazing example of pro-EU 'spin'.
You start by complaining about VAT on sanitary products, which was EU policy. Even though you disagree (apparently) with that policy, you believe that it is a good thing that the EU can act democratically in not removing the VAT.

It seem that, in your eyes, the EU can do no wrong.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Thompson
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 05:30 PM

You're right, Nigel, and it's a typical example of how the EU works: in the discussions on whether this is right to do, the Czech finance minister raised the issue of possible fraud, and it's been deferred while this is examined. This is what happens when you have a democracy - everyone has to agree before the rules are changed.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 04:23 PM

I don't think you're correct in this, Nigel. In Ireland tampons are now zero-rated.
Then they are acting against the dictates of the EU. According to Parliament UK while the EU are discussing liberalising their stance on this no date for implementation has been given.

If you have information on why ebooks can't be zero-rated under EU rules I'd be interested to read about that. All I can find is an EU vote that ebooks can be zero-rated.
Similarly your link about changing the VAT rules on e-books merely gives details of the intention of the EU to make a change. It has yet to happen.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: robomatic
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 03:19 PM

PFR that was a horrible experience, losing a relative abroad and then getting duties added to the personal articles. If you're interested in following up on it, it would probably be up to the estate executor to be the reponsible party, and then he/she might want to contact someone who understands the issues and organs of government involved. Not so much the time expired since the unfortunate experience, but get the procedure started before BREXIT becomes final as that might have some involvement.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Thompson
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 02:56 PM

Nigel writes: VAT cannot be zero-rated on E-books, nor on women's sanitary products because of EU rulings.

I don't think you're correct in this, Nigel. In Ireland tampons are now zero-rated.

If you have information on why ebooks can't be zero-rated under EU rules I'd be interested to read about that. All I can find is an EU vote
that ebooks can be zero-rated.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 12:09 PM

A very close relative died on extended holiday in the USA.
When the police/coroner finally sent back cardboard boxes of her belongings,

[laptop, phone, printer, mp3 player, etc...]

UK customs slapped on a massive duty and VAT charge of well over a hundred quid,
despite the boxes being clearly marked as who the official sender was;
and our family already having to pay high admin costs to get her effects released and shipped...

[ On top of all the costs of getting her ashes repatriated...
Flimsy plastic box, ashes spilling out of the plastic bag, all over the death certificates..
That was a fun surprise opening the box...]

At that time of deep grief, it was too stressful going through the appeals procedures...
so time drifted and we never got round to applying for justifiable refund...

I wonder what the time limit for appeal might be now I've rememberd this...???


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Rumncoke
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 11:51 AM

We have had trouble in the past when accepting things for repair - my husband is a retired electronics design engineer and is probably the only person in the world able to do the work, so we get work from a large firm in Canada.
We have been asked to pay VAT on the 'imports' and the handling charge as well - even though the paperwork states that it is a repair, and we contact them and say it has been repaired and sent back to the owner.
I think that we have finally got it sorted out - though once we leave the EU we might have to go thorough the process again - unless of course that has not been sorted out and we have to pay VAT automatically on everything.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 02:27 PM

Nigel - brexit - [or whatever this dumbed down word really means]
may not in principle be an entirely wrong idea...???

But I certainly don't trust the main instigators and potential profiteering beneficiaries
motivating this existing dubious version of it...

My stance is whatever the official suits and ties decree,
WE will remain afflicted by perpetual RIP OFF BRITAIN...

I am not convinced living standards will be better for British Citizens.
I am not convinced travel, or working in Europe will not be made more difficult for us...


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 02:12 PM

Nigel - I suspect you have vested interests in over complex taxation systems...???
Your suspicions are totally unfounded. I don't believe anyone really gains from overly complex tax systems (except some politicians and accountants)

Do I support the EU bureaucracy as it exists - of course not.
It needs reform - far reaching rational simplification and cost cutting...
Which I would hope to trust a brave and strong UK could actively campaign for from within membership.

Which was tried. I believe there is a limit to how long you should bash your head against a brick wall before deciding to give up and find a way around it.
Even when Cameron said that if we didn't get concessions there was a risk the UK would vote to leave. The EU still wouldn't listen, so here we are.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 12:10 PM

btw.. I just bought a half price wah wah pedal - but it only goes wah...!!!


I just bought a brand new boxed classic famous name wah wah pedal for total 63 quid - UK retail price £120 - £140...

Purchased perfectly legally from a EU music gear shop...

..and you may wonder why I am so wary of brexit bullshitters...???


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 10:45 AM

Nigel - I suspect you have vested interests in over complex taxation systems...???

Obviously I voted remain, after much deliberation...

Do I support the EU bureaucracy as it exists - of course not.
It needs reform - far reaching rational simplification and cost cutting...
Which I would hope to trust a brave and strong UK could actively campaign for from within membership.

Do I think brexit will usher in a new era of affluence and freedom for me and my loved one's - do I bollocks...!!!

RIP OFF BRITAIN will prevail, even far worse for UK consumers..

We'll just swap one set of over officious over salaried parasitic suits and ties for
an even worse bunch of power mad British greedy trough feeders...
Who will no doubt make our short/long term economy even worse for ordinary folks...

...imho...


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 09:44 AM

pfr: You may wish to consider where VAT originated, and who has ultimate control over it.

Oh yes, the EU.
VAT started in UK in 1973 to harmonise us with tax practices in EU.
VAT cannot be zero-rated on E-books, nor on women's sanitary products because of EU rulings.

I seem to recall from the various Brexit threads that you are a supporter of continued membership.
Perhaps you should take it up with the EU.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 05 Aug 18 - 01:15 AM

robomatic - you raise interesting and pertinent points about this intenational class of parasitic self-serving bureaucrats,
and their precious over-regulatory systems of over-taxation,
that our snide Nigel is so eagerly defending...

They create their own self-preserving, over-officious, over-complex, hierarchical legalistic extortion rackets,
purely for the purpose of boosting their own social status, and lining their own pockets,
whilst bleeding the rest of us ordinary folks dry...

We have a moral duty as citizens and creative piss takers to tell 'em to 'eff off...

hmmm... wonder what Nigel's profession is or was...???

I'd suggest few sensible folks seriously object to paying fair taxes
that fund genuinely value for money state administration and social functions...

Whilst the brexiteers moan about payments to the EU,
they don't seem to object in principle to our money ending up in the pockets of other bureaucrats..
as long as it's themselves...!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: robomatic
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 09:04 PM

Unrelated issue: In Alaska we 'mostly' have no sales tax as well as no State income tax. I don't know if it is true now, but there was a time last millenium when if I wanted to buy goods while visiting Washington State, which had an 8% sales tax, I could show my Alaska driver's license and be exempted the tax. I never tried this on anything very costly but I remember saving money on a pile of books.
Meanwhile, it's not that we don't pay any taxes. There are hefty property taxes in the main cities. And we have traditionally collected more re-apportionment moneys from the federal government because we are a border state with a heavy federal presence, particularly with some long serving Republican presence in the central government.
Back to VAT: There are American leaders who propose VAT for us. I think it is understandable, but pernicious. Once you go VAT, you won't go back. It is the reason we Americans fought for our independence in the first place, it separates the tax from the citizen (taxation without representation) and pays for a lot of pencil pushers who are not necessary for the regulations they support. It would be a case of a self-sustaining regulatory body. They are paid to install the regulations that assure that they get paid. And 20% is no joke. And with technology you don't really need the bureaucrats. You have computers to maintain a lot of the load, and if you pay for good maintenance, you can get the job done efficiently for not so much money.
The dangers of enslavement remain, however.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 04:58 PM

...and now the gloves are off..

I daresay there is a pretentious Latin phrase for the smarmy libelous nasty tone
of your post aimed in my direction.....

The kind of phrase deployed my smug arses,
which they deploy
in the mistaken belief they are much cleverer than everybody else
they falsely consider themselves superior too...


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 04:18 PM

Nigel - you have just exposed yourself as completely noxious pompous sanctimonious pillock...

[but we more than suspected that all along...]

Enjoy your miserable life - hopefully brexit will backfire big time on your living standards...


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 04:03 PM

Ah, a supporter of buying from abroad, even where it may bypass the laws of the UK?
I guess you also have the means to play DVDs which have region restrictions on them to prevent the films being viewed in UK before they become officially available her.

If copyright means nothing to you, I hope you never produce a successful song/performance which you find you don't get the income from because people can rip it off.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 03:44 PM

Nigel - you seem to be willfully ignoring the real world as it is impacting on UK consumers...

I studied and passed Economics A level 40 years ago, continued the subject during the first year of my degree,
and even if I could now be bothered refamiliarising myself with all the grand theories and mechanisms...

It still would not change my educated opinion about Rip Off Britain...

Even petty things like DVDs/Blu-rays & CDs...
The USA and other foreign markets tend get far more value enhancing extra features included,
than the UK versions provide...

These are rarely exported to us due to global licensing restrictions,
and even when they are, the import shops charge extortionate prices.

Then there are the foreign CD/Movie titles that never even get any kind of release in the UK...

That's why canny consumers try to buy direct from USA / Japanese / etc shops at their local prices,
and though it is still expensive and we still get caught by customs duty, VAT, etc..
It will still usually work out cheaper than the UK rip off prices...!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 03:13 PM

20 euro duty on a 40 dollar purchase is approximately 50% - i can't be bothered to split hairs to calculate the actual percentage based on the exchange rate.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 03:08 PM

From: SPB-Cooperator - PM
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 12:20 PM
Nigel, it is not always a simple matter of buying something cheaper form outside the EU, but whether the same product is availble elsewhere, particularly if it has world wide protection. I would also be concerned if VAT on purchases are replaced by a 50% duty as Thompson suggested.


No, I can see no suggestion by Thompson of a rate of 50% duty.

Any chance of a reasoned debate, based on facts?

ps. using Ctrl+F gives a 'find' option, a quick search for 50% fails to find it apart from SPB's comment (and probably now mine).

I also see no reason that something would have 'world wide protection' if it was not available worldwide!


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 01:26 PM

I am very wary that post brexit all the fanatics wallowing in their victory,
will be braying on about how lucky we all are to be free from the EU;
and paying higher prices for most everything
is a small price to pay for our freedom...!!!?????

Just tighten our belts, don't sob over lost 'luxuries', and think of the post war rationing spirit
that made Britain Great...

All those ideologue pro brexit millionaires aint gonna notice a few hundred quid extra here or there
on Chinese manufactured guitars and music electronics gear...


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: SPB-Cooperator
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 12:20 PM

Nigel, it is not always a simple matter of buying something cheaper form outside the EU, but whether the same product is availble elsewhere, particularly if it has world wide protection. I would also be concerned if VAT on purchases are replaced by a 50% duty as Thompson suggested.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 04 Aug 18 - 10:51 AM

For a long time One pound was very close to 4 dollars.
This explains the description of a crown (5 shillings) as 'a dollar', and half a crown (2/6) as 'half-a-dollar'.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Thompson
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 04:02 PM

I've been reading Damon Runyon, writing about the early 1930s; a finif, or $5 note, was worth a pound then.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 03:16 PM

An actual example of rip-off Britain in operation....

Several years ago I bought a guitar from a well-known Martin dealer in the US....

MRSP $4,399, less 40% (yes, that's forty percent!) discount = $2,639 plus shipping to UK $200 = $2,839 @ x-rate 1.54 = £1,844 plus c.24% Duty/VAT = £2,286 total cost to me. Sold to me at their standard US price, but with no US taxes to pay.

From a U.K. dealer, the best price I saw was £2,795. Asked for discount, and was told "Forget it".

So, by buying from the US, I made a saving of £509. And, because I purchased the instrument from a North American retailer, I have the full Martin Lifetime Warranty on the instrument, rather than the shitty one-year Warranty that applies to Martin instruments bought from UK dealers.

This was one of three guitars I've purchased from a US dealer, and I saved a substantial sum on every one.

Buying from the US can be very profitable, but you need to choose carefully and do your homework<\u> before purchasing. As someone above said, 'Caveat Emptor'!


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 11:30 AM

Nigel - Don't give the most rabid brexiteers ideas for a new post brexit English Dictionary...

It might only end up being less than 10 pages, but still priced up far more than before...???


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 11:15 AM

Some foreign language terms are useful for putting a concept across easily. They are also examples which have entered into the English dictionary.
It's not just Latin. Rather than try to explain the pleasure I can get in seeing the problems someone else is experiencing, I'm glad the Germans have summed it up in a single word, Schadenfreude.

If you removed all foreign-originated words from English we would have problems communicating with anyone.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 10:33 AM

Nigel - btw... Latin...???

It's the 21st Century... even here in Great rip off Britain...

...and.. it just annoys ordinary folks to see self appointed defenders of an iniquitous Status Quo*,
telling us that's the way it is.. and why shouldn't it always be so...!!!???

[* yeah.. I know... It's bleedin' Latin... I was also made to suffer it nearly 50 years ago in Grammar school...]


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 10:04 AM

But it is a rather interesting question - why would goods bought in bulk at cost price be very much more expensive than the same goods bought at full price from abroad? Do British retailers charge a huge mark-up? They certainly do when they sell their goods in Ireland - there are regularly outraged articles in Irish papers where people have peeled off a euro price on goods in British chain stores in Ireland and discovered a far cheaper pound price underneath, far, far less than would be justified by the exchange rate plus extra Irish VAT.

The same happens in Britain, just taking one retailer where I can speak from experience.
Tesco have different sized stores in Cardiff, and the prices for produce, and even branded foodstuffs vary in each of the three store sizes. This is presumably based on the cost of operating the various stores, Logistics, Customer/staff ratio, ground rent, etc.
Why should there not be further differences with extended supply lines into a different country, and different rates of VAT?


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 09:49 AM

The only reduction that bothers me is the buying power of the weakened and battered old quid...

.. and an unfair playing field of profiteering deliberate over-pricing for UK consumers...

Whatever the over-elaborate global economic theories and mechanisms,
the bitter reality is of underpaid UK consumers being squeezed dry....


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Thompson
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 09:38 AM

Nigel writes: And did nobody ever wonder why they were able to buy direct from US at a cheaper rate than buying from UK dealers who were able to buy in bulk?

Don't know what people do in Britain, but when I've bought things direct from the US it's because they're not available here.

But it is a rather interesting question - why would goods bought in bulk at cost price be very much more expensive than the same goods bought at full price from abroad? Do British retailers charge a huge mark-up? They certainly do when they sell their goods in Ireland - there are regularly outraged articles in Irish papers where people have peeled off a euro price on goods in British chain stores in Ireland and discovered a far cheaper pound price underneath, far, far less than would be justified by the exchange rate plus extra Irish VAT.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 09:28 AM

I was merely pointing out the facts that many are missing when painting this discussion with a broad brush.

The fact that things are cheaper in other countries is why businesses like Primark can purchase clothes from child-labour sweatshops.
That is the reduction ad absurdum of your viewpoint.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 08:52 AM

Nigel - do you realise just how patronising you make yourself appear to be...???

FACT: too many products are better value for money and more affordable abroad than they are here in the UK.
From a point of view of reasonable and informed consumers coping as best they can to exist on years of pay freezes,
that is wrong and needs to be challenged.
Not a status quo to be blithely condoned and passively accepted...

DEBATABLE BUT PROBABLY A FACT: It will only get worse for UK consumers afer brexit...???


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 08:35 AM

No, the point is that you should look at the whole picture.
The fact that you can buy alcohol and tobacco products cheaper elsewhere doesn't mean that the higher price here is a rip-off. There are taxes and duties payable. You are also paying for a degree of quality control.
The same applies to other goods. If you think you can find a bargain elsewhere, go ahead, but check what you are buying, and what you are paying for.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 07:58 AM

Nigel Parsons - what exactly is your point - British citizen's should pay rip off prices or go without... like it or lump it...?????


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 04:39 AM

And did nobody ever wonder why they were able to buy direct from US at a cheaper rate than buying from UK dealers who were able to buy in bulk?

It's just like Robomatic's tale about buying a bike in France and then reclaiming the VAT because he took it to Belgium. The VAT refund would have been based on the assumption that he would have to pay VAT in Belgium when he took the bike in.

If a car dealer sells a new car, and exports it (to Outside the EU) he charges no VAT.
If he sells it to someone to take to another EU state, again he doesn't charge VAT, but the buyer will need to pay VAT in the country he takes it to.

Shifting goods to, or buying goods from, other countries doesn't mean you don't pay taxes, it just changes where those taxes are payable (in some cases).


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 03 Aug 18 - 03:58 AM

I've stopped buying CDs from the US, VAT and GPO handling charges double the price.

RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 02 Aug 18 - 05:01 PM

I will try to submit a VAT return tomorrow which, will contain entries for negative acquisitions from another member state under the Call off Stock system. This has arisen because returns exceeded arrivals during the VAT period - it will be interesting to see if the HMRC system will accept the numbers, and if it will trigger an inspection!


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 02 Aug 18 - 03:44 PM

And I agree with Robomatic about VAT. It's a tax that only Joe Soaps pay; business people can get their VAT back.

Another common misunderstanding. The consumer pays VAT on the final cost of the goods. The business supplying those goods charges that VAT and passes that charge on to the government (HMRC in the case of UK). In doing so, they can reclaim (in most cases) the VAT they have incurred in making their supply. So they are effectively paying the government for VAT on the difference between what it costs them to make the supply, and the price they charge to the end user. This is VAT (Value Added Tax) they are accounting for VAT on the value they have added to the transaction.
The same is true for the other traders further down the supply chain. So the VAT on the final supply accounts for the value added at every stage of the supply.

So business people can get their VAT back is only true when they are charging a greater amount of VAT to their customers, and handing it over to the government.

There are exceptions to the above when the final supply made is, for some reason, Zero-rated, such as books, children's clothes or new build domestic properties.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Thompson
Date: 02 Aug 18 - 05:06 AM

No need for me to bother - I won't be buying American goods again after this.


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Subject: RE: BS: VAT Import query
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 02 Aug 18 - 04:57 AM

For that information you'd need to contact the VAT information, or Customs information for your own country. I only know about the situation in UK.


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