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Old 22.03.2017, 19:06
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Why shouln't the VAT not be shown on the invoice when you were charged VAT?
Maybe you threw away the receipt; maybe you bought them from a friend or ebay or a small shop who hand-wrote the receipt as the till wasn't working, maybe you are crossing the French border but bought the stuff somewhere else etc.

It's all unlikely, but my comment is ... the invoice needs to show the VAT amount.
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Are you travelling alone?

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They should take a dog.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Thanks for reaching out, I appreciate. Some more question.

What sort of document or information am I suppose to produce for tax/vat reasons? While bringing the goods to Switzerland?

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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Hi folks, am bringing in a cosmetic product worth about 200 euros and as a reseller, i want to know if I have to fill in a special form or do any specific document. thanks for your time.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

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People always look at ways to reduce tax, some ore legal others are not.

If you have asked the seller to falsify paperwork, an offence has probably been committed. It's not unknown for Swiss customs to ask for the Ebay listing no.
Hi everyone! I know its been a while since this topic was discussed, but I really need some help! I purchased from a Dutch shop through Etsy.comand had the package sent to my sisters in Switzerland. I am from Argentina but international orders take forever to get here, so I thought it was better to send it to my sister's. The problem is the seller declared the package as a gift and as having a value of 30 usd when I fact I payed 61 usd. I didn't know he was going to do this. Now my sister received a letter from the Swiss Post saying customs has the package and she has to send an invoice or receipt of purchase so that they can tax her. Can someone tell me if she could face serious consequences for producing a bill that has a different amount than the one declared by the seller? (by the way, all I have is the Etsy purchase confirmation with the description of goods and total amount I paid, with no shipping since it was free). At this point, I am worried not for.the taxes and duties, which will likely be more than what I paid for the goods, but for any legal consequences she could face. She has a permit, so she is really freaking out and afraid this could impact on her permit. Help please!! Will she be OK if she sends them the Etsy bill or should I just tell her to refuse the package and just pay the admin or handling costs due?
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Old 28.06.2017, 05:11
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Happens all the time. Chinese routinely lie on customs declarations, for example, don't even need to ask, and so customs ask for receipts if they suspect being played. As long as you didn't ask the seller to do it, there's no fault of yours and if they want blood (usually not), it'll be seller's so far as you're concerned. Tell them the truth, forward the bill and nothing will happen. But they'll still charge you for the letter.

For a $61 package, you're looking now at having to pay give or take 16 (Grundpreis Verzollung) + 61*0.96*0.11 (VAT+Warenwertzuschlag) + 13 (Wertabklärung) = 35.44 Fr in fees and taxes
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Happens all the time. Chinese routinely lie on customs declarations, for example, and so customs ask for receipts if they suspect being played. Tell them the truth and nothing will happen. But they'll still charge you for the letter.

For a $61 package, you're looking now at having to pay give or take 16 (Grundpreis Verzollung) + 61*0.96*0.11 (VAT+Warenwertzuschlag) + 13 (Wertabklärung) = 35.44 Fr in fees and taxes
Yes they will charge her for the letter and for having to open the package, but I am more afraid of the legal consequences for her. After all, the sender gave a false declaration on the form. I don't mind sending it back either if that means she won't have any legal problems. I suspect the Swiss Customs just want you to pay the taxes and that's all, I don't think they'll pursue any other action against my sister for that incorrect declaration. But I read another user's comment and I got scared because it said that it is a crime and they could take actions against the recipient.
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After all, the sender gave a false declaration on the form
It's seller's signature on the form and his fault, so long as you didn't ask him in any way to do it.

For such a small value they most likely won't bother to investigate anything further. Labor costs 100+ Fr/h here! It's economically not viable to bother.

Actually, the import costs would be probably even zero or just 13 Fr for clarification as $61 is below 62.50 Fr tax free threshold.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

I didn't ask him to do it, he told me he would put a lower value on the form. Out of ignorance or plain stupidity, I didn't think it was going to be a problem. I feel stupid now, I should have known it wasn't the way to go. But he did mark it as a gift on his own, I didn't know that. After all this I contacted the seller and he told me that he had marked it as a gift and that he always does so with no problem. In my case, it was pure ignorance. But still I think the responsibility is shared, cause I didn't ask for it, but out of ignorance I didn't object. It's most likely what you say: they are probably not interested in pursuing further actions for a 61 usd shipment. But... that «probably» still makes me nervous. Do you know what happens if she refuses the package? She will have to pay the Swiss Post the handling fees, for sure, but other than that, she just pays the post and they return the package to the sender right? End of the story for her.
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

You made the order and paid for it, right? She wasn't involved in the order process? Then it's end of story - there's no fault of hers here, nothing will happen, relax. She'd just have to pay the taxes and postal fees if any as benefactor

If she refuses the package, it might go back to sender or just get destroyed, you lose the item and the money you paid for it
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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Yes, I paid for it and made the order using her address as shipping address. Thank you for your help. I got really nervous about it, for my sister of course. She is very respectful of Swiss laws. One thing I cant tell you, lesson learned! If anyone else wants to share their input, please do! Thanks again Ivank!
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Do you know what happens if she refuses the package? She will have to pay the Swiss Post the handling fees, for sure
Nothing will happen, and she won't have to pay any fees.

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Re: Import tax on internet purchases

Thank you, Tom. I contacted the Post and they told me it happens all the time and they just want to know whst was paid for the goods to calculate taxes.
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Thanks Rachel! Though to tell you the truth, I won't feel 100% relaxed until I actually see it's ok.
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Che, no te preocupes tanto, fue una simple boludez!
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