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If a purchase a watch (or other such item) from a buisness in an EU country and do not pay the VAT at the point of purchase does Uncle Sam swoop in when the watch arrives to collect some tax or customs charge? If not, is the VAT some form of EU tax? Thanks.
 

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VAT = value added tax, and is not just an EU thing. Typically, you can fill out forms at the airport to get it refunded for purchases you made overseas.

No, the US government will not come after you for not paying it, however, they might come after you for the tax/duty for importing an item purchased overseas
 

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If you buy from anywhere in the EU, and they are a business registered for VAT, they should export to you - VAT, and when they send the goods they declare a value to which US tax will be applied.
 

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however, they might come after you for the tax/duty for importing an item purchased overseas
Most definitely. But it can be avoided by simply wearing the watch while entering your country. Though this should only be done at your own risk.:wink:
 

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I'm not sure if you would need to be charged VAT or not, but if you can make the purchase and not pay it the U.S. will not make you pay it. They will, however, charge you import duties and taxes regardless of the VAT issue.
 
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