|my latest package from purchases made abroad - tax free!|
This is good news, but I thought it would be helpful for everyone to know what to expect when you make purchases from abroad to be shipped here.
Here's the rundown (the full regulations can be found on the Israel tax authority's site)
Purchases up to $75 - no taxes
Purchases above $75 up to $500 - no customs taxes, but VAT and Purchase Tax may apply
Purchases over $500 - subject to all taxes
Calcalist also points out that purchases of up to $75 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.
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 from the same seller and they arrive within 72 hours of each other, customs will combine the orders and treat them as one purchase for tax purposes.
Some of these regulations are different from what we'd gotten used to, 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:
BetterWorldBooks.com ~ iHerb ~ My Habit ~ AliExpress
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.