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Big Warning - UK Gov has removed the £15 low value VAT exemption threshold on importing...
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I can't imagine Aliexpress handing over VAT to the HMRC with any reliability. Perhaps this is actually in the governments mind? to make it easier to bypass the EU, which of course sells us stuff made in China anyway.
By the way in case anyone didn't know, Aliexpress are my most reliable Topcashback payer, usually at 5 to 6%, tracks almost instantly even if your just going in to purchase stuff already in a basket from earlier.
Boaty McBoatface. They ignored that.
The people voted, and the majority who cast their vote wanted to cut ties - ties have therefore (eventually) been cut, with inevitable consequences / impacts which I'm sure will be both positive and negative.
It is similar to the situation we had in the 1990's when retailers started to sell CDs from the Channel Islands without the need to charge VAT. What started off as a few small companies making some money ended up with the likes of Asda, Tesco and Amazon building warehouses there to compete. That loophole was closed by the EU as it maade retailers within the EU uncompetitive.