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 Announcement, EU shipments after 1st July 2021: New Tax rules apply

Overview

As the UK is no longer part of the European Union, we do not collect VAT (taxes) on our sales of physical goods to customers in EU countries. Instead VAT is collected at the time of delivery by the postal/courier service in your country along with a clearance fee.

From 1st January til 30th June 2021 parcels under €22 were delivered without VAT and fees to most EU countries.

From 1st July 2021 this limit no longer applies, so all orders of physical goods will be liable for import VAT along with a clearance fee. This will be collected at the time of delivery by the postal/courier service in your country.

How much will I be charged?

The amount of the VAT payable will depend on how the items are classified for VAT in your country. The clearance fee is set by the postal/courier company. We've done lots of research and also incorporated feedback from our customers to produce the table below. The table should be used as guide only to estimate costs using standard postal services. Please note these charges are not levied by us and we cannot guarantee their accuracy.

EU VAT

Example 1: A customer in Germany purchasing €30 of CDs we would expect the charges to be €11.70 (€5.70 VAT (19% of €30) + €6 clearance fee)

Example 2 A customer in Ireland purchasing €100 of Sheet Music and a €15 CD we would expect the charges to be €26.95 (€13.50 VAT (13.5% of €100) on the Sheet Music + €3.45 VAT (23% of €15) on the CD + €10 clearance fee)

These examples are based on all the items being shipped together as the clearance fee is per parcel.

Looking ahead

In the future we expect to be able to collect the VAT at the time of order again which would remove the clearance fees completely and make the total costs clear up-front. However, we are waiting on the EU and the UK to conclude the necessary arrangements to make this possible, and neither has given an expected date. Rest assured we are following this closely and will act quickly to improve the service for our EU customers as soon as possible.

VAT on Download orders

Since 2015, under the VAT MOSS scheme we already collect VAT on Download orders at the rate determined by your country (based on your IP address) and this is remitted to your country's tax authority. Therefore, nothing changes with regard to downloads.