‘Surely not!’ say British expats in Spain who claim they were overcharged on letters from the UK.


‘Surely not!’ say British expats in Spain who claim they were overcharged on letters from the UK.

Private letters from the UK are being overcharged, according to British expats in Spain. They claim they were charged VAT on private letters from the United Kingdom by accident.

Commercial letters from non-EU countries, including the United Kingdom, are charged when they enter the EU. Personal letters, on the other hand, are VAT-free.

Correos is a state-owned firm in Spain that delivers parcels and mails, analogous to Royal Mail in the United Kingdom.

British expats allege the corporation charged them VAT on personal letters erroneously.

A British expat in Murcia, Lynn Reeves, informed Murcia Today that she had to spend more than ten euros for a letter.

She claimed she confronted the postman and told him she didn’t have to pay, but he informed her she couldn’t have her letters unless she did.

“You don’t have a choice when you’re put in that situation,” she explained. “All you have to do now is pay up.” “From January 1, 2021, it will be essential for Correos to present shipments containing merchandise from the United Kingdom, except for the region of Northern Ireland, to the beneficiaries in Spain for clearance before the Spanish Customs,” the company says on its website.

“The recipient is responsible for customs processing costs, as well as payment of taxes owed in line with current customs legislation (VAT or IGIC in the Canary Islands) and Special Taxes.”

“However, when it is shown that the product contained in the cargo is of United Kingdom origin, except for the territory of Northern Ireland, duty payment may be excused.”

Other British expats reported that, despite the laws, they had been charged VAT on personal letters sent to Spain.

“Some UK residents in my little town, Arboleas, are being taxed for receiving letters from the UK,” one said on social media.

“I understand that some customs fees may apply to parcels, but not to letters.”

“A few weeks ago, my neighbor was charged six euros for some used magazines supplied by his brother,” another individual claimed.

“Obviously, things have monetary value, yet he was only charged six euros for them, whilst I was charged nearly ten euros for a few letters that had no value.”

“We’ve received the same envelopes a few of times since Brexit, but they’ve just arrived,” says Brinkwire Summary News.


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