Originally Posted by undercutter
They are ripping you off and putting the money
in their pocket. All of these VAT/GST schemes are the same as it is just a reporting system of a monthly/quarterly/annual basis dependent on size. All they are required to do is be able to prove that they shipped the order out of the EU or country where they are located.
I guarantee that they change the invoice after it is sent to you removing the tax and adding it to the principal amount so that it doesn't show up as a discrepancy on their books
. Nice little windfall.
As usual you can shop whitin the EU "Tax Free". When you are there, you have to do together with the seller some paper work and show the goods and paperwork at the customs
when leaving the EU.
When you are not visiting the EU and like the goods posted to your adres outside the EU the seller must do the paperwork and present the goods for export to the customs
. Thats a lot to do and not every seller likes this. It might be up on the amount of the bill.
This also means that you have to pay the taxes
in the country of destination!
So you won't be ripped, or what else. Whitout goods no VAT reduction in the EU! Also not afterwards!
For EU incoming goods you have to pay VAT anyhow, and already payed taxes
in the country of origination won't be returned afterwards.
So sellers in the US are billing included VAT and coming into the EU VAT must be payed again.
So no "Nice little windfall" in these cases here in the EU!