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Old 6th June 2013, 02:51 PM
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I think this may have been covered before, but I want to make sure I have it correct based on current guidelines.

I am American and have been living in the UK for over 2 1/2 years. I have personal items being stored at my mother's house in the States and have been trying to bring them back when visiting. I know that I don't need to declare them when carrying them with me because they are not new and are not for resale within the near future.

What I need to know is how these items should be declared so that I don't have to pay customs duty or VAT if my mother ships anything over. We have just returned from a visit and have realized that we have left a few items, such as electric adapters/chargers behind. I want to have my mother send them so we don't have to buy replacements. They are all over 6 months old and were purchased in the UK.

So now for my 3 questions for when she's filling out the postal form.
1. How should she note items bought in the UK so that we are not charged?
2. When she sends my older personal items (bought in the US or Japan), how should they be noted so that I'm not charged?
3. Also, does the duty free limit for gifts go up if the package is addressed to more than one person? Last year, she sent a combination of birthday gifts for me and presents for our new baby. The total was over the limit for a single person, so we got charged. She only addressed the package to me. Would it have made a difference if the package was also addressed to our child, since some gifts were for her? This is really important at Christmas, since there could be 3 recipients.

We don't want to get out of paying if we are supposed to, but we have been charged in the past when we shouldn't have. So we'd like to avoid that happening again.

Thank you for your assistance!

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Look at HM Revenue & Customs: Tax on personal items when moving to the UK and complete form C3 and give it to your mother to stick on the outside of the parcel:
C3 - Bringing personal belongings to UK from outside the European Community

Generally things that you have owned in US and are bringing to UK in connection with your move are tax and duty-free. There are some exceptions, though.

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Look at HM Revenue & Customs: Tax on personal items when moving to the UK and complete form C3 and give it to your mother to stick on the outside of the parcel:
C3 - Bringing personal belongings to UK from outside the European Community

Generally things that you have owned in US and are bringing to UK in connection with your move are tax and duty-free. There are some exceptions, though.
Thank you! I'll read the links for more details on the exceptions.

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