Can't Sell My USA Bought Camera in the UK?

Started Jul 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Can't Sell My USA Bought Camera in the UK?

edwardwallace wrote:

My wife and I have been living in the UK now for 9 months. Her job transferred her here on a 2 year secondment. I purchased my camera from KEH in the states back in March 2012. Yesterday, I was trying to trade my D800 and a lens to MPB Photographic . They told me they would not be able to buy it from me . I was asked, " Do you have proof of VAT being paid upon these items when importing into the UK." Then was told, "the deal cannot go thru because I did not pay VAT"

Can someone please explain what the deal is ???

The "explanation" is at http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageLibrary_PublicNoticesAndInfoSheets&propertyType=document&columns=1&id=HMCE_CL_000282

Scroll down to Section 5.1.

To cut a long story short: if you owned the camera for 12 months before you went to the UK, and declared it to HM Customs when you arrived (scroll back up to Section 3.1), and have owned it for 12 months after you arrived, you don't have to pay VAT.  It sounds as though you didn't declare the camera when you arrived, and in any case you haven't used it in the EU it for 12 months, so the shop was right.

Whether you can retrospectively declare it now, wait three months and try again I do not know.

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