[sdiy] UK VAT (was Re: Breaking news: synthCube to acquire Small Bear)

Mike Bryant mbryant at futurehorizons.com
Mon Jan 10 21:32:15 CET 2022

I think you both may have been lucky so far.  

I applied to the relevant ministry for an exemption from the import charges because I don't sell finished product, just IP, and it was made quite clear that that means by their rules I'm not actually even trading and so I have to pay full VAT and tax on all the prototype loaded PCBs I import from China.  Bit pissed off at being classified as "not currently a commercial entity" given the amount of tax they charge me each year on my IP licencing income !!



 On checking the notice I would draw your attention to the section "Who can get relief".  As xxxxxxx Limited is not currently a commercial entity within the UK, then they would not qualify.

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From: David G Dixon [mailto:dixon at mail.ubc.ca] 
Sent: 10 January 2022 20:22
To: 'Tom Wiltshire'; Mike Bryant
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Subject: RE: [sdiy] UK VAT (was Re: Breaking news: synthCube to acquire Small Bear)

I've been sending Freak Shifts and other handmade modules to the UK for a year or more, with no issues whatsoever.

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From: Synth-diy [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at synth-diy.org] On Behalf Of Tom Wiltshire
Sent: Monday, January 10, 2022 12:15 PM
To: Mike Bryant
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Subject: [sdiy] UK VAT (was Re: Breaking news: synthCube to acquire Small

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That hasn't been my experience. I've been sending stuff to the UK for a year since Brexit, and so far, no-one has reported either being hit by VAT charges or things disappearing. It looks to me like UK customs are waving stuff through to prevent accusations of problems at the border due to Brexit. There's a government in charge who really wants this to work, and wants it to be seen to be working.

Ultimately, I'm sure Electric Druid will have to register for UK VAT and do the required hoop-jumping to send parcels to the UK, but I'm holding out as long as I can, since it's a pain in the ass and another overhead I can well do without. Other International orders simply charge VAT at the frontier if required - the UK can do the same. My opinion is that the reluctance to do this stems from the fact that it makes it obvious that this is a cost applied by the UK government and therefore not something they can blame on Europe.

> On 10 Jan 2022, at 20:02, Mike Bryant <mbryant at futurehorizons.com> wrote:
> Was that before the latest regulations ?    They can't even send small
quantities of stuff to the UK or I think most of the EU now unless they've registered for VAT.  If it's under £175 (?) and the VAT isn't paid in advance it just gets binned at customs.

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