Buying iPad abroad (personal use, VAT)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by gowthamj, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. gowthamj macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2011
    Hey guys,

    So I am an international student studying in the UK and I've always carried my laptop to and fro home without having to declare or whatever and was just under the impression that's the norm since it's for my personal use. But I don't see it being mentioned in the HMRC website - so does that mean it's a part of my £390 allowance?

    If that wasn't a problem, then if I buy an iPad this month (back home on holiday) and take it with me to uni, will I have to declare that? (even though it's for personal use etc.)

  2. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    If you've opened it, activated it, installed some things on it, and obviously started using it, chances if they check it mean they'll not know it's new, and will know it's not for resale. However, if you bring it back boxed and in cellophane wrap, it'll be a bit difficult to get away with it. Although even then, the chances of them checking your luggage is quite small. (Although I don't know if it's different for you being an international student.)

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