Does VAT apply to me as a private individual, for imported goods from outside the EU? Watch
VAT doesn't apply on anything bought outside the UK because VAT is a UK tax, plus VAT in the UK, or Sales Tax in the USA only applies to businesses, however, you will have to pay import tax.
Looking at buying a high end guitar, four digits, from the US. The seller is private, and I am interested in purchasing for my personal use; I am not a business. I know I have to pay VAT on the total shipping and insurance cost, but I am unsure on whether VAT applies to the whole value of the goods?
This includes anything new or used that you:
buy abroad and send back to the UK
receive as a gift