Bob Andersson wrote:
Sorry, Ian. I forgot that this was a tax free purchase.
I am a little confused about how this works. Normally VAT has to be paid on goods purchased outside the EU at the rate set by the first EU country you land at. Do goods purchased at air-side shops count as being outside the EU for these purposes? If so you could end up with that £300 camera costing over £350 if that first port of EU entry was the UK.
It's a bit strange really - even though they call it Tax Free - what they really mean is the Tax Free price is equivalent to the selling price prior to the addition of VAT at 17.5% - you still actually pay vat
It's a hangover from the days when they could have tax free goods in the departure halls, (which they can't do now)
P.S. Hope you don't mind but I edited your post to compress that huge URL down so that the word "here" became a hyperlink. The reason was that it was messing up the line wrapping for all posts on this thread. If you want to see how I did this then click the "edit" button on your post and have a look at the line starting "[url=..."
Thanks Bob - that's a big improvement - I didn't realise it was possible.