Sunday, November 17, 2019

Shopping Online: The Essential Guide to TAXES for Israelis shopping online from abroad!

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package from purchase abroad - tax free!


Shopping online and wondering what to expect regarding taxes and fees? This guide will help you understand the basics that apply to residents of Israel when shopping online from overseas. Most of us shop this way to save money, so who wants a tax bill surprise when the order gets here? This post will help you avoid a tax bill (legally, of course!).


Note: the same regulations apply to packages sent from abroad, even if they are gifts!

Here's the rundown (the full regulations can be found on the Israel tax authority's site)


Your purchase or package, no matter what currency it was in, will be translated into US Dollars by the tax authority (using the exchange rate of the day they process it) to determine if it's taxable:

Purchases up to $75/Packages with a declared value up to $75 - no taxes

Purchases or packages with a declared value above $75, up to $500 - no customs taxes, but VAT will apply in most cases (17% currently), and Purchase Tax (variable rates) may apply (purchase tax applies to very few items at this point!)

Purchases or packages with a declared value over $500 - subject to all taxes (VAT , Purchase Tax (if applicable), and Customs Tax)

Please take note that purchases and packages (even gifts) of up to $75 in value will be subject to customs clearance fees if they arrive using an EMS service* (about 35 shekels), and if the value of the purchase is higher, the customs clearance fee can be higher as well. Other fees are often added on by shipping companies, as there is really not much oversight! I recently saw a bill that included the following fees: Handling fees, Import approval fee, VAT, Computer fee, Unloading fee, Storage fee. Watch out for these fees from shipping companies/courier services. I recommend you always try to get your packages via a service that guarantees your fees have all been prepaid.

Please be aware that the purchase price only (not purchase + shipping) will determine whether an item will be taxed. Once it is found to be taxable, however, applicable taxes will be calculated on the purchase price + the shipping price.

One more important point: If you order multiple orders addressed to the same person, with the same address & phone number listed, from the same seller and they arrive within 72 hours of each other, customs may combine the orders and treat them as one purchase for tax purposes. They may not. But it is a possibility you should be aware of before you place multiple orders. I recommend ordering at least 3 days apart, or ordering with different names and contact info (including the tax ID number you provide for clearing customs).


If your order is stuck in customs, or if you feel like you were charged tax by mistake, you will need to contact the customs office nearest you.


Here's the contact info for the various offices, taken from the meches website. I couldn't find any email addresses, sorry.

Tel Aviv
Derech HaHagana 137, Yad Eliyahu, Tel Aviv
Tel: 03-942-1730
Fax: 03-942-1733

Jerusalem
Mercaz Shatner, Givat Shaul B, Jerusalem 91999
Tel: 02-652-6193
Fax: 02-651-1589

Haifa
Sderot Pal Yam 19, Shakmona, POB 245, Haifa 31999
Tel: 04-866-4130
Fax: 04-666-9803

Eilat
Central Post Office, The Red Mall, Eilat 83100
Tel: 08-632-6476
Fax: 08-866-9702

Some of these regulations are different from what some people seem to believe, so please refer back to this guide if you are about to place an order and you're not sure what to expect from the tax-man.

If you're not sure where to start shopping online, I've compiled a list of websites that offer low cost shipping to Israel! Please be sure to check it out! Let's help open Israel's marketplace and bring down our cost of living without bringing down our standard of living!

Some of my favorite websites to shop from are:

Amazon ~ BetterWorldBooks.com ~ iHerb AliExpress ~ eBay

(Amazon is particularly good because they collect taxes up front and basically guarantee that you won't be charged anything more than what they've collected!)


Be sure to check out the whole list!


*Examples of EMS services - Express Mail, Fedex, UPS and other express delivery services. Sometimes DHL is EMS and sometimes it is not.

Smart Watch Deals from Amazon (Free Shipping Eligible)

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Here's another product that people love!
Smart Watches! Obviously, you can find these in a wide range of prices. Here's a selection of the ones that now ship FREE from Amazon! You can choose any of these and avoid import fees if you keep your total order below $75!

This purple one is $9.99











Click here to go to Amazon and buy this fitness watch!


This one is $19.91






If you're looking for a 5-star rated model and have more money to spare for this, this one is $59.99

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Broom -YES - a CORN Broom! Free shipping deal

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Here's another product I've heard lots of people wondering about (me too)! People bemoan the brooms sold here in most stores, and while I have occasionally stumbled across a broom like this, the 200 NIS price tag scared me away. But not anymore: this corn broom qualifies for free shipping with a $49 order from Amazom!





Corelle Dishes with FREE SHIPPING

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Now that I got my first notice from Israel Post that my Amazon order is on the way (free shipping of course!) and will be delivered to my door, I decided to go back and peek around a bit more.

I'll be posting some of my favorite items that qualify for free shipping with a $49 min. order (the $49 must all be items that qualify for free shipping)

This deal beats all the local prices I've found for Corelle! 

A 16 piece set (service for 4, including mugs) for $49.99 (roughly 175 NIS right now - service for 4 sells locally for close to 400 NIS and up)




Click here to buy this set with free shipping right now!

Here's another worthwhile Corelle deal - this dishes look a little less casual than the set above:

An 18 pc set (service for 6, no cups) for $70 (roughly 245 NIS right now -- 18 pc. sets run 450 MIS and up here!) - check it out!




Click here to buy these Corelle Dishes from Amazon!


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Amazon Free Shipping to Israel - still available! PLUS suggestions

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 Click here to shop Amazon's Free Shipping to Israel collection!


Amazon!
FREE SHIPPING!
AMAZING!

 I actually really love the convenience of Amazon shopping - I always know up front whether I'm going to have to pay any additional fees upon arrival, because Amazon calculates it all before you check out. 

So - as long as your order doesn't exceed $75, you shouldn't have to pay anything extra. If it does exceed $75, Amazon will tell you BEFORE you pay exactly how much more to pay. And they will refund you the extra if they overcharge! It's the best!

So go ahead, order some of those things on your wishlist. I'd love to hear what you're ordering!


Here are some popular items that ship free to Israel:











Please note: not everything in these categories ships to Israel for free, and these are definitely not the only categories that are participating - just a round up of some of the popular items I'm hearing that people have successfully ordered (some of them I've ordered myself, too!).

I really hope this free shipping deal is here to stay!



Monday, November 11, 2019

Free Shipping to Israel from Amazon!

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 Click here to shop Amazon's Free Shipping to Israel collection!


Amazon announced a free shipping deal this morning, and I just had to share! I actually really love the convenience of Amazon shopping - I always know up front whether I'm going to have to pay any additional fees upon arrival, because Amazon calculates it all for you before you check out. 

So - as long as your order doesn't exceed $75, you shouldn't have to pay anything extra. If it does exceed $75, Amazon will tell you BEFORE you pay exactly how much more to pay. And they will refund you the extra if they overcharge! It's the best!

So go ahead, order some of those things on your wishlist. It's the right day! Click here to go to Amazon's free shipping to Israel page!


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Fave Restaurant Deals!

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Here are some GREAT Kosher restaurant deals for you! I know it's been a while since I posted so you may have thought I'd gone offline. I didn't. I just got overwhelmed with projects and had to take a break from blogging and deal hunting.

So here are some hand-picked deals for you today! If you're going to splurge, you might as well do with a deal, right? 

To the best of my knowledge, all of these restaurants are kosher, but it can't hurt to call and verify with the establishment before you purchase.


  • All you can eat sushi dinner, for 2, at Nagisa in Tel Aviv! Buy the voucher for 199 NIS today! Keep in mind: Reservations are required. Voucher is good till Dec. 30, 2019. Valid Sun - Thurs 12 noon - 7pm, Fri 12 noon - 3:30pm. Valid for sit down service only, and cannot be used on specials, combination meals, platters, and other select menu items. Check with your server before ordering that your order works with the voucher. Click here to buy the deal! 
  • Burgers for 2 at Picanha, in Raanana! Buy your voucher for 79 NIS today! Keep in mind: Reservations required (allow at least 3 hrs from the time of purchase before calling, for their system to update). Voucher valid thru Dec. 31, 2019. Redeem Sun - Thurs, noon - 9pm. Click here to buy the deal!

Enjoy! If you like these deals, be sure to share them with your friends and family! Friends don't let friends pay full price, right?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Recent food recalls

Please check out this latest recall!

Here are the details you need to know:

These batches of prepared salads may be contaminated with salmonella.

Product: Techina Levana
Brand: Maadanei Miki
Size: 250g
Barcode: 7290011993009
Use By Date: 27.9.2019

Product: Chumus Misadot
Brand: Maadanei Miki
Size: 250g
Barcode: 7290011993054
Use By Date: 22.9.2019

Product: Chumus Misadot
Brand: Maadanei Miki
Size: 3 kg
Barcode: 7290002399316

Use By Date: 15.9.2019

Product: Chumus
Brand: Rami Levi private label
Size: 1 kg
Barcode: 7290015642941

Use By Date: 20.9.2019

Product: Chumus with Green Schug
Brand: Rami Levi private label
Size: 400g
Barcode: 7290002372097

Use By Date: 21.9.2019

Product: Chumus with Shipka
Brand: Rami Levi private label
Size: 400g
Barcode: 7290002372103


Use By Date: 21.9.2019

Product: Chumus with Dua Spice
Brand: Rami Levi private label
Size: 400g
Barcode: 7290002372318


Use By Date: 21.9.2019

Product: Chumus
Brand: Rami Levi private label
Size: 400g
Barcode: 7290015642712


Use By Date: 21.9.2019

Product: Chumus Misadot
Brand: Rami Levi private label
Size: 250g
Barcode: 7290015642712


Use By Date: 22.9.2019

Product: Techina Levana
Brand: Rami Levi private label
Size: 250g
Barcode: 7290015642729


Use By Date: 27.9.2019



These products are being removed from store shelves in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Consumers who have purchased this product are instructed not to eat it. If you have any questions, call the customer service number listed on the package.

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