VAT shock makes Chris’s Christmas £40+ dearer

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VAT shock makes Chris’s Christmas £40+ dearer

Post by GD on Tue 21 Dec 2010, 3:33 pm




NEW notices in Guernsey Post branches will help prevent customers being hit by surprise charges when sending gifts to the UK.
Supply teacher Chris Le Page (pictured) was shocked that two boxes of gifts he had sent to family in the UK were charged VAT and a customer clearance fee of £8 because they were worth more than £40.
But what really annoyed him was that at the time of sending, nobody had told him that would happen.
‘There was nothing at the post office to tell me parcels over £40 would be charged,’ he said. ‘If I had known I would have split the presents up into two parcels and saved myself £20 for each one.’(from GEP)


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Post by Dell on Tue 21 Dec 2010, 5:38 pm

Stealth taxation......





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Post by Thistle on Tue 21 Dec 2010, 6:53 pm

i was caught out with this one severalyears ago when my old mum was threatened with having to pay VAT ..i phoned the number she gave me and they actually waived the charge x
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Post by Diddycoon on Mon 27 Dec 2010, 8:49 pm

Import VAT is nothing new but they do seem to enforcing the import VAT with some renewed vigor (pressure from the UK maybe?).Bets are more people will start declaring the value of the goods below the £40 threshold even if they do cost more.You would lose out if you had to make a claim for lost or damaged items or customs do a spot check and conclude you have made a false declaration.


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