Tax for receiving gift (camera) ?

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by franz, Aug 8, 2004.

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    franz Guest

    A relative of mine (from US) asked whether I will have to pay
    import tax if they send me a camera as a birthday present.
    Any advice on this would be appreciated.
    franz, Aug 8, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    Why not? An item, which GST is applicable, is subject to GST even if
    its a gift or not. Its up to Customs as to leniency.
    Rob, Aug 8, 2004
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  3. If he's not paying anything for it, how can taxing the item be justified?
    If it's bought in the US by a US citizen using US dollars and then sent
    here as a gift, there's no reason why the recipient should have to pay 10%
    of the nothing they paid for it. :)

    - Anthony
    Anthony Horan, Aug 8, 2004
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    Miro Guest

    Its easy money for them. Make sure it has a card inside.
    Miro, Aug 8, 2004
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    Greg Guest

    I bought a camera from the US while I was in Mebourne on a holiday working
    visa. I bought it on ebay and had it sent to me in melb. and I didnt have
    to pay any import or customs or whatever taxes.

    Greg, Aug 8, 2004
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    Justin Thyme Guest

    Depends to some extent on the value, and on the mood the applicable customs
    officer is having on the day. Some tips though...
    use normal post instead of a courier
    on the customs declaration form make sure the product is fully declared,
    including value, and that it is ticked as a gift
    Gift wrap the product and include a birthday card with a real greeting
    "happy birthday, love from your brother" type thing.
    Maybe even get them to include a photo of themself or their family, and
    maybe a couple of landmarks around their area - this adds legitimacy to the
    item being a gift
    finally - make sure there is no purchase details in your name. (preferably
    none at all).
    Justin Thyme, Aug 8, 2004
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    Cameron Guest

    Make sure they send it USPS and not UPS. UPS are famous here for opening
    everything and holding it at customs. Very rare for a USPS parcel to get
    pulled up.
    Cameron, Aug 8, 2004
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    Narelle Guest

    Been covered here extensively in the past:
    or customs/gift (watch wrap):
    or customs site:
    Narelle, Aug 8, 2004
  9. Just last week I had a note from Customs in Perth saying there was a package
    for me from the US awaiting pickup and holding charges would be in effect if
    not picked up within a week. Package contained an older SLR camera that I
    bid for and won on Ebay. I rang Customs and they asked me to forward Ebay
    details of the auction I won the camera on. I paid $US95 for it and this was
    clearly stated on US Customs form attached to package. When I received the
    package I was surprised that it had not been opened for inspection. So I
    suspect that Customs do a random pickout of incoming overseas packages.
    Hiram DeScheepe, Aug 9, 2004
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    Cameron Guest

    How was the parcel originally sent? UPS? DHL? USPS?
    Cameron, Aug 9, 2004
  11. If he's not paying anything for it, how can taxing the item be justified?
    If only - GST is calculated on the value of the item, not who paid for
    it or how much.
    Andrew Hennell, Aug 9, 2004
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    Camera Guest

    I received an underwater housing for a video camera Sony PC330 and a video
    light with battery and charger last week. Custom had opened it but no
    charge. It was sent by Express Post.
    Camera, Aug 9, 2004
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    Rob Guest

    Don't you think Customs are a wakeup to this Happy Birthday stuff by now?
    Rob, Aug 9, 2004
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    kosh Guest


    even sending cameras repaired overseas is a pain. The local customs laws
    require a letter and invoice stating the product has zero value.

    you will most likely wind up paying tax.

    kosh, Aug 9, 2004
  15. Sorry, meant to say that it came via USPS.
    Hiram DeScheepe, Aug 9, 2004
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