Just to give this a bump and to update that I'm 7 for 7 on claims. No rejections yet. I've been sending:
- Form BOR286
- Print out quoting the Customs notice (5% VAT)
- Print out of the paypal invoice
- Customs charge sticker
- Sender's customs form
- Print from the artist's website or ebay page stating details about the print
- Photo of the print with sig/#/hand finishing (haven't always included this)
I filled in a form electronically, as a template, so all I have to change is the charge reference number, which saves a bit of time. This is what I have written in the 'Details' section:"Imported, limited edition, signed & numbered silk-screen printed art work. VAT should have been charged at an effective rate of 5% using 'Tariff Code 9702 00 00', according to HMRC Notice 702, section 11.1. Please see attached documentation."
I have also been highlighting all the important sections of each document, e.g. the '9702 00 00
' number (when the seller has included it).
Just to clarify, this is the form I have been using:http://search2.hmrc.gov.uk/kb5/hmrc/for ... ormId=5205
If you are not claiming back your VAT, then pull your finger out and start. One of the smaller pleasures in life is receiving a cheque from the Inland Revenue. It's a bit of hassle, but I'm already a few hundred quid better off for it, and it's gone straight back into buying more lovely posters.
Edit: I've also included the Parcelforce charge letter previously, but I think this is superfluous, so I'm not going to bother in future.