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GST ‘de minimis’ changes pushed back

GST ‘de minimis’ changes pushed back

Friday 17 April 2020

GST ‘de minimis’ changes pushed back

Changes that would have seen the minimum level for paying GST on imported goods for personal use lowered from £240 to £135 have been postponed until 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.

The changes, outlined in the Government Plan 2020-23, were due to take place from 1 July, but the Treasury and Resources Minister, Deputy Susie Pinel, has now deferred them until January 2021.

She said she had made the decision to help manage the current pressures on hauliers, postal workers and customs officers.   

Under the planned changes, the value of goods which could be imported - mainly through the postal system - without paying GST would have dropped from £240 to £135. 

Deputy Susie Pinel

Pictured: Treasury Minister, Deputy Susie Pinel.

“Following discussions with the Agent of the Impot, it became clear that the degree of human intervention required to manage the reduced GST de minimis level by freight handlers; postal workers; and customs officers would be difficult to manage alongside all the other priority work now being undertaken by these organisations at this challenging time,” Deputy Pinel said.

“I also recognise that it would not be appropriate to reduce the de minimis level at a time when people are increasingly reliant upon home deliveries.”

Treasury and Exchequer will release further information about the change to the de minimis level later in the year.

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Posted by Davey West on
Well done treasury minister Susie Pinel because increasing charges and taxes in an already battered economy is like a ship dragging an anchor as it tries to sail out of a storm. More important though is to scrap the 27p a gallon fuel tax increase ( plus GST ) passed by the states and to be implemented next year. This will increase inflation and hurt any recovery plan.
Posted by Tony Jeune on
WOW - Really!!! here we are in the midst of the worst crisis we have seen for decades and what does this stupid person decide to do but tell us how much we are going to be screwed by the Big'Ouse in 2021. Anyone with a modicum of intelligence knows that this is just another stealth tax that will have no effect on high street shopping anyway.
As an aside lowest fuel price in Jersey 107.9 lowest fuel price UK 96.5 - congratulations to all those retailers that have continued to screw the working public despite the pandemic- The Jersey Way!!!
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