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Increase VAT allowances on goods imported in the post from outside the EU

Submitted on Friday 19th August 2011

Published on Wednesday 24th August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Friday 24th August 2012

Signatures: 43

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EU ~ Royal ~ Tax ~ UK

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Increase VAT allowances on goods imported in the post from outside the EU

Additional Information

Any goods over the value of £18 imported through the post into the UK from outside the EU are liable to import VAT.
Royal Mail currently charges a 'handling fee' of £8.00 for collecting even the smallest amount of VAT. This handling charge is frequently far larger than the amount of tax collected.
With many people purchasing small items internationally, a good buy on eBay at £20 can be turned into a very expensive one when a £12 fee is demanded before one can receive one's own property.
Allowances on postal imports have not been increased in a long time, whilst the Royal Mail handling charge has more than doubled in the last decade.
We call on the government to increase allowances to a level where VAT is not payable on postal imports when associated handling charges would be disproportionally large.


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