In the past I have sent a coupe of gifts to family or friends in the UK and I honestly cannot understand the calculation of TAX
The ruling is governed by Duty on Gifts
3. How Much Duty is Required on Gifts That Are Mailed and Who Pays?
If the value of your gift is more than the duty free allowance for mailed gifts of £135, the recipient pays the duty after the goods arrive in the UK but before they are delivered.
Generally, on amounts of between £135 and £630, the rate of tax is 2.5%.Duty is waived if the amount due is less than £9. The tax on gifts worth over £630 varies, depending upon the type of goods and their country of origin.
It’s impossible to give a general figure for the rate of duty as, unbelievably, there are 14,000 different classifications of goods with different rates of duty for each based on their country of origin. The average is between 5% and 9% of the value of the goods but it ranges from 0% to as high as 85%. Your best bet, if you are sending gifts worth more than the £135 horizon, is to check with the UK Customs and Excise helpline.
I sent a partially completed scale model boat to a friend as a gift. The value would not have been greater than 100GBP but he ended up paying 50quid to get it out of customs. At 50GBP the value must have been greater than 630GBP as 2.5% of 630 is 15.75 GBP……………………go figure??
I send a wooden jewellery box to my sister as a present. It was hand made by myself but she ended up paying 30 quid to get it out of customs. Again the value would have been less than 630GBP
There does not seem to be any reason for these valuations
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Is the UK tax man so short of money they have taken to highway robbery