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lela01
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Going home to UK

Postby lela01 » Wed, 15 Aug 2007 10:53 am

HI everyone,

After 6 months here in Singapore we are going back to UK. We would like to buy some furniture and TV but we are not sure do we need to pay export tax? Or maybe u know who should we ask

Thanks a lot

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Postby rob w » Wed, 15 Aug 2007 5:40 pm

Not sure about export tax but i sure you will have to pay import tax + vat on arrival in the UK.
I moved back to the UK from Canada and brought a container loaded with a truck and various other items but as I had owned it all for over a year (Rule maybe 6 months ) It all came in as personal effects with no tax.
If you buy just as you move back you may get stung at the UK end.
My colleage just sent an peice of furnature home and had to pay tax on it.
Rob

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Postby lela01 » Wed, 15 Aug 2007 8:54 pm

I didn't consider that but thanks very much for the information

Thanks

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Postby ksl » Thu, 16 Aug 2007 9:21 am

lela01 wrote:I didn't consider that but thanks very much for the information

Thanks


You shouldn't worry too much, you can always get someone to give you a letter, to say they are all second hand goods at a lower price! Not that I would ever do that of course! :wink:

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Postby Matney » Thu, 16 Aug 2007 2:29 pm

If you don't keep the receipts, take off any price stickers, how would one know that it isn't used furniture? :wink:

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Postby ScoobyDoes » Thu, 16 Aug 2007 4:30 pm

I shipped my car from HK to the UK and because it was mine i didn't pay any taxes for it at all in the UK. There might be an issue of proving you've owned it for a certain number of months but i honestly cannot remember needing to do it with the car or not.

With regards SG i don't think there is an "export tax" as such and it COULD be even that if you buy and send directly overseas you might actually avoid paying the GST of 7%, or at least could claim it back.

I saved the VAT on personal items i bought a shipped directly to HK when i first left the UK.


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