“Do I have to pay tax on goods I buy from aHappyDealer.com?”
Maybe. It depends on what country you are receiving the goods in. Tax is a complex issue, because it depends on what country you are receiving the goods into. Some countries are easy to import into, with only a few restrictions and no taxes. Other countries are ultra restrictive and have high taxes. Before you start importing larger quantities of China electronics or other goods to your country, you will need to research what the law and practices are in your country (or shipping destination countries if you are dropshipping internationally).
Please read the following notes for some basic background...
No Sales Tax Charged By aHappyDealer:
There are no sales taxes or hidden charges to pay on the China side when you buy at aHappyDealer.com. However, you may need to pay some taxes on your local side when you receive the goods. Please read below for more information.
When you buy from China, and the products are delivered to your country, this is by definition importing. This means the process to receive the goods will usually be different to simply buying mail-order products from online stores inside your own country.
Import Duty and Sales Tax Charged By Your Country:
Some countries charge tax on certain imported products, at certain quantity/value levels. Some countries do not. You are responsible for finding out the situation in your own country.
Whatever goods you order from aHappyDeal.com, we will ship to you. We will not enforce any rules so it is up to you to make sure that what you are purchasing from us is acceptable to be imported into your country.
Many countries charge two kinds of tax when you import from overseas: sales tax (VAT) and import duty. Generally, these two taxes are not very high and the payable amount of tax is based on the declared value of the goods (and occasionally the shipping). Conversely, many countries do not charge any tax on certain types of goods, or on shipments which are small enough.
Declared Value: Packet Value Affects Tax
Usually, importing large quantities of goods from overseas is strictly controlled by your country's Customs, but smaller quantities can be imported more easily. The exact definition of “large quantity” and “small quantity”, often defined by a value “threshold”, varies from country to country.
The term “ad valorem” in import taxes means that the tax you have to pay is calculated as a percentage of the total value of the goods (and sometimes the shipping cost too). Obviously there would be an advantage to declare the value of the goods lower in such cases. This is known as “under-declaring” the goods and is not permitted, despite being a widespread practice. Any customization you request from us in regard to declaration value on the shipping paperwork is at your own risk.
Declared Contents: Packet Contents Affect Tax
The category and type of goods you are importing often has an effect on whether you have to pay tax, or how much.
Obviously, certain categories of dangerous or restricted goods are illegal to import in most countries. Other specific restrictions on certain items such as spy cameras and jammers may also apply in your country. Please carefully research the relevant information for your local country.
The declared contents of a package must be true and accurate for Customs purposes. Any customization you request from us regarding the declaration value and information of packet contents is fully at your own risk.