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The Irish Revenue has released guidance warning shoppers ahead of Christmas that tax and duty will be levied and must be paid by the consumer on goods bought online uncertain circumstances.
Revenue said goods from non-EU member states are liable to tax and duty on arrival in Ireland. Revenue said that last year its officers in postal depots applied charges to more than 70,000 packages, adding an average of EUR33 (USD35) in tax and duty per parcel.
Revenue added that alcohol or tobacco products bought online or by mail order are also liable to tax and duty upon arrival in Ireland, regardless of whether they originate in another EU member state or outside the EU.
"If the price is low, tax and duty have probably not been paid and Revenue may seize the wine on arrival. You are liable for the tax and duty," it said.
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