VAT and duty on shopping
Angela Shephard, Head of Customs Policy, HMRC is warning individuals not to get caught out by 'unexpected charges when you are shopping for Christmas bargains this year'.
'If you are going abroad to do Christmas shopping, or buying goods online from non-EU countries, you need to know how much you can buy before you have to pay import duty or VAT.'
'We know many people like to go abroad at this time to buy their Christmas gifts, or buy online from non-EU countries, and think that the 'cheaper' price they see is always the price they finally pay. HMRC is keen to remind the general public how much they can actually bring back from abroad or buy from an online overseas seller without having to pay import duty or VAT.'
'You don't want to be faced with unexpected extra charges, when you thought you had found a bargain.'
HMRC advise that:
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