Value Added Tax (VAT)
VAT is a tax for sales to residents and businesses in the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) only.
VAT is already included in the price of products; this is removed for orders to the rest of the world, outside of the EU (zero-rated).
Sorry, we will not declare a lower value on the shipping invoice as this is illegal, nor can we ship a zero-rated order to an address within the EU.
It is important that you ensure the goods in your order can be legally imported to your home country.
Please check what your country’s threshold is for levying import duties prior to ordering.
EU business-to-business customers may be exempted for paying VAT on orders. When registering an account as an EU business your VAT ID will be validated and VAT zero rated automatically on all orders.
What is VAT?
Value-added tax, known to everybody in the United Kingdom (UK) as VAT, is a type of consumption tax. It’s called this because it is a tax on how much of something you consume or use. The more you buy, the more you pay in taxation.
Each member of the European Union country has the ability to set its own VAT rate, as long as it is over 15% (as of 15/8/17). In the UK there are three rates: a standard rate of 20%, which applies to most goods and services. There is also a special reduced rate on special products like children’s car seats and home energy products. Finally, no VAT is applied for some products and services – a zero rate.
The VAT that you pay when buying online from Stealthvape has already been included in the advertised price. Most of our customers do not need to think about it.
VAT can fluctuate and there is no maximum limit that can be set by the government.
Ordering from abroad: Zero rate tax
“That sounds great, I’ll have some stuff at 0% tax please.”
While we go to great lengths to ensure all of our customers pay an excellent price, discounting the VAT from sales can only apply to customers living in the United States of America or other countries outside of the European Union.
United Kingdom 20% VAT is not added to orders to customers in America or other regions outside of the European Union. This means we can zero-rate orders and make them 20% cheaper than the listed price.
It is important to note that a zero-rated order can’t be delivered to a European address.
When we export your goods to outside of the European Union we will include an invoice that details the cost of the product and shipping. Your customs authority will assess whether any local or national sales tax should be applied and, if relevant, an import duty is payable.
For customers in the USA, the US Customs and Border Protection Service says:
“International Postal Service: Merchandise shipped through the international postal service is forwarded upon its arrival in the United States to one of U.S. Customs and Border Protection International Mail Branches for clearance. If the item is less than $2,000 in value and is not subject to a quota or is not a restricted or prohibited item, a CBP official will usually prepare the paperwork for importing it, assess the proper duty, and release it for delivery. This procedure is generally referred to as a mail entry.”
“Packages whose declared value is under $800 ($100 if being sent as a gift to someone other than the purchaser) will generally be cleared without any additional paperwork prepared by CBP. However, CBP always reserves the right to require a formal entry for any importation and generally exercises this option if there is something unusual about the importation, or if important documents such as an invoice or bill of sale do not accompany the item.”