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Does one have to pay tax on household furniture shipped from

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Does one have to pay tax on household furniture shipped from Barbados to France
Submitted: 17 days ago.
Category: French Law
Expert:  EULawyer replied 16 days ago.

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Expert:  EULawyer replied 16 days ago.

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your question. The answer is yes, normally one has to pay both customs tax and VAT tax on them. However, there are exemptions:

1. Exemption valid only for the Customs tax: the customs tax is sometimes 0% (zero), for some collectible objects. This is decided by the customs officer, and the customs classification goes to hundreds of pages, so you must inquire locally;

2. Exemptions valid for both taxes:

-> if the objects are part of an estate (i.e. if the recipient in France inherited them);

-> if the objects are part of their household, with the person having lived in Barbados for over 12 months, and moving residence to France for over 12 months as well, under a promise (made in the form of a declaration at customs) that they will not sell the objects in the next 12 months.

Both situations must be proven. The first one with an inheritance document (like a certificate from Barbados, or probate), the second one with proof of previous residence, plus declaration that the new residence will be taken up shortly.

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Dr I L Vlad