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Old May 1st 2009, 3:18 pm
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I have had a car in Oman for 18 months and want to take it to the UK when I return permanently next month.

I want to know whether I will have to pay tax.

According to the Inland Revenue I can bring it free of tax if:
  • I am moving my normal home to the EC - I am
  • I have had my normal home outside the EC for at least 12 months - I have
  • I have used it outside the EC for at least 6 months - I have
  • I do not sell it for more than 12 months - I will not sell it
  • I did not get it under a duty/tax free scheme - THIS IS THE QUESTION
Although I did not pay any tax on it when I bought it (from new) this is because there are no taxes in Oman. It was not strictly "a duty/tax free scheme"

Does anybody know the answer? Any experience?
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Originally Posted by omangeorge View Post
I have had a car in Oman for 18 months and want to take it to the UK when I return permanently next month.

I want to know whether I will have to pay tax.

According to the Inland Revenue I can bring it free of tax if:
  • I am moving my normal home to the EC - I am
  • I have had my normal home outside the EC for at least 12 months - I have
  • I have used it outside the EC for at least 6 months - I have
  • I do not sell it for more than 12 months - I will not sell it
  • I did not get it under a duty/tax free scheme - THIS IS THE QUESTION
Although I did not pay any tax on it when I bought it (from new) this is because there are no taxes in Oman. It was not strictly "a duty/tax free scheme"

Does anybody know the answer? Any experience?
Duty on a new car in the GCC is 5%, so it's not tax free.

Can't understand why you would want to take a left hooker to the UK though.
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Old May 1st 2009, 5:49 pm
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those duty/tax-free schemes are for those that buy under special circumstances - eg diplomats (who get personal cars tax free but can only sell to other people in the similar scheme or pay tax on sale), and similar governmental or EU or similar organisations - eg in the Netherlands the folks working for the European Patent Agency or in Brussels for the European commission get their cars tax free as well

however, I too would wonder why you want to bring a lefter in to the UK?
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One of the biggest issues you will have is not on that front but having it conform to very strict controls for cars. Headlights, emissions (no unleaded cars in Oman) and the like.
Depending on what the car is the dealer or a specialist service centre may be able to help you but I would get everything cleared from the DVLC or whatever the dept is in the UK.
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Check with dvla (google), give them a call, but I 'think', if you have owned the car for more than a year and done more than 10000km in it, you can import it tax free as it is a personal possession.
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