Importing car from Germany and import tax

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nimap
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Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by nimap » Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:21 pm

Wasn't the whole point of EU being one tax zone and no customs between the member countries?

Why are we charged more for cars in Finland when you get same make and model for much cheaper in Germany? (they do pay the VAT there as well, albeit 1% less)

why pay import tax even on used cars from another EU state? what does the EU law says?



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Re: Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by betelgeuse » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:20 pm

nimap wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:21 pm
Wasn't the whole point of EU being one tax zone and no customs between the member countries?

Why are we charged more for cars in Finland when you get same make and model for much cheaper in Germany? (they do pay the VAT there as well, albeit 1% less)

why pay import tax even on used cars from another EU state? what does the EU law says?
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/i ... axation_en

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Re: Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by inkku » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm

Are you claiming that you need to pay import tax for vehicles within the EU? or are you just annoyed and want to complain about anything... as usual.... or perhaps you mistook this forum as agony aunt....

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Re: Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by Upphew » Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:49 pm

nimap wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 3:21 pm
(they do pay the VAT there as well, albeit 1% less)
Poland, Portugal, Ireland have their VAT at 23%, which is 1% point less than in Finland. Germany has VAT at 19%.
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Re: Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by nimap » Mon Feb 24, 2020 5:30 pm

inkku wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm
are you just annoyed and want to complain about anything
:?:
inkku wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm
as usual
are you my :evil: ex?
inkku wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm
or perhaps you mistook this forum as agony aunt
now I am sure you are.
inkku wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:31 pm
Are you claiming that you need to pay import tax for vehicles within the EU?
Are you claiming I can go to Estonia, buy new car with VAT exemption and drive back to Finland, pay the VAT and not have to pay any import tax?

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Re: Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by tavastia » Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:14 pm

You pay import tax for any car import and because Finland negociated to keep this tax when joined EU.

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Re: Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by nimap » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:17 pm

tavastia wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:14 pm
You pay import tax for any car import and because Finland negociated to keep this tax when joined EU.
that's what confuses me the whole thing about EU. It started as custom free market access for member nations. Also this separate negotiations based on fantasies. No wonder Finland has the oldest cars on the road than EU average, leading to higher emissions and road accidents per capita.

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Re: Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by mrjimsfc » Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:17 pm

You've obviously forgotten, governments don't serve the people, they are served by the people. They do this through taxes. Some are worse than others.
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Re: Importing car from Germany and import tax

Post by riku2 » Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:59 am

Why are we charged more for cars in Finland when you get same make and model for much cheaper in Germany
The EU isn't single federal country (not yet anyway) and the members have different approaches to private car ownership. In Finland they want to discourage people from owning cars so have steep taxes although not as high as in Denmark which is even closer to Germany where they don't hate cars so much, probably because they have a large number of voters working in car factories.
Don't try the argument that having lower car taxation would mean people driving newer less polluting cars (or even .. gasp .. electric cars) because that won't pass in Finland. The government wants to discourage private car ownership .. cars of any sort.
To preserve the ability of members to have different policies on cars there have to be special exceptions to the single market concept for cars, otherwise people would just buy them in the cheapest country. Same goes for the law stopping finnish residents driving foreign registered cars. This is not norway .. imagine the chaos they have with all those Teslas whooshing silently along the streets of Oslo.


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