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Please help!!! - What are taxable items to Autralia?

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Hi I am planning to move to Australia, as soon as my wife get 457 visa.........

 

My question is, did anyone know, If I take my 6 months old Nikon D3s camera worth 3500 pounds and lenses(worth another 4000 pounds) with me to Brisbane, will I have to declare it to Customs?...and how much will be the duty for something of this value?? also I have an Imac 27inch which is also only few months old, as I am a graphic designer and Photographer....Imac I am going to send by cargo as used item...worth 1300 pounds..

 

Anyway I got receipt and evidence of purchase for all of this...my query is sell it all here or is it worth taking them even after duty to Australia...I can prove Immigration people I am a professional guy..

 

Also can I send LED tv with households by cargo....is it also liable to duty..

 

please help if anyone took expensive gadgets like this before !!!:embarrassed:Thanks...

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I believe you are supposed to pay import taxes on anything you have not owned for more than 12 months prior to bringing it into Australia.

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I believe you are supposed to pay import taxes on anything you have not owned for more than 12 months prior to bringing it into Australia.

 

 

Yaa I have seen that.....thats why I am asking...maybe I will ask www.customs.gov.au people..about how much that will be?? for something worth 3000 pounds:shocked:

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GST is 10%. Chances are you won't get asked about the stuff you bring in your luggage.

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GST is 10%. Chances are you won't get asked about the stuff you bring in your luggage.

 

 

So 300 pounds for 3000 worth stuff...Thanks

 

I got receipts anyway...

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Walk through with ur camera on ur person, and just say u had the imac for longer than 12 months only if asked.

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The iMac is more likely to get queried - IMHO - as it will get declared on the shipping receipt, which customs will get to review.

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Walk through with ur camera on ur person, and just say u had the imac for longer than 12 months only if asked.

 

This is great if you have the receipts, otherwise if customs decide you owe duty you have to prove that you're not liable..

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This is great if you have the receipts, otherwise if customs decide you owe duty you have to prove that you're not liable..

 

 

Thanks for quick replies guys.................

 

I am sending Imac through cargo anyway....and if they ask me to pay tax...I will be asked to do so only when it get delivered right..??:goofy:

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Thanks for quick replies guys.................

 

I am sending Imac through cargo anyway....and if they ask me to pay tax...I will be asked to do so only when it get delivered right..??:goofy:

 

If you've sent it via courier or shipping company they'll normally contact you to let you know they've paid tax on your behalf and you now owe them (plus a hefty handling fee) which needs to be paid before they'll release it for delivery to you.

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If you've sent it via courier or shipping company they'll normally contact you to let you know they've paid tax on your behalf and you now owe them (plus a hefty handling fee) which needs to be paid before they'll release it for delivery to you.

 

 

 

 

Yaaa I will ask them before I send it....:shocked:

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Yaaa I will ask them before I send it....:shocked:

You could always do what the Chinese ebay sellers do: write "Gift, value $5" on the customs declaration and hope for the best. You would of course be breaking the law with by making a false declaration (and would be screwed if you needed to claim against insurance).

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I've just had some tools airfreighted out to me, was asked by customs if i have owned them less than 12 months, said no and they were happy enough with that. They did have a good rummage through them. But does everyone really keep receipts/proof of purchase AFTER 12 months? I would have thought it was quite difficult to prove? Maybe I'm being naieve? (is that even spelt right?)

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Customs duty only applies on items which are permanently imported into Australia. For those of us with PR it can therefore be an issue (unless we're prepared to swear blind that we've owned the latest generation iPad for years) but if you're on a 457 surely you only have to say that you are going to take the item with you when you leave?


Chartered Accountant (England & Wales); Registered Tax Agent & Fellow of The Tax Institute (Australia)

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