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Shipping to USA:: VAT?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am having a pair of shoes shipped to me from the EU.

The company says that they want tto charge me VAT, but my recollection is that mailing items to the USA are not subject to VAT.

Can anyone clear this up for me?

Thanks.
post #2 of 9

Import duty is 5%, VAT is 0% 

Lots of people seem to mix up ID and VAT. 

 

sauce: http://www.dutycalculator.com/popular-import-items/import-duty-and-taxes-for-shoes/

post #3 of 9
You are correct. VAT should be excluded from US orders
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Can anyone provide a link to a government or "official" doc?
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Bumped ..

... for please, does anyone have a link to an "official" document or law?
post #6 of 9

To be honest, I think that depends on the country. I know a lot of shops here in Europe will deduct VAT for foreign buyers...England is one country that immediately pops in my mind. But then again, I've also encountered web-shops there that won't deduct VAT. So is it strongly enforced? I don't know. 

 

Take a look at this and see if it helps, just skimmed through it fast 

 

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/vat/traders/vat_refunds/

post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks DS. Interseting read but really could not find anything specific to my case.
post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoneBabyGone View Post


The company says that they want tto charge me VAT, .

Company being? Shop? Factory?

Most shops aren't setup for international VAT free sales. If they don't collect they risk having to pay it themselves.

Manufacturers are more likely to have an in house process.

Usually when you buy something on vacation you then file for a refund.
post #9 of 9
I do not believe that it is a requirement that VAT should not be charged merely that there is no requirement that it MUST be charged.

Therefore you will not find the document for which you bumped this thread after such a short period. Some sellers are not especially geared to undertake the required documentation as it is not a major part of their business and are quite happy to avoid a sale where they could be found liable if they get it wrong.

The choice is yours, pay up or do without.
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