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Going back to Poland (Do I need to pay taxes if I take my furniture etc?)


israeli man
1 Mar 2012 #1
my polish wife and i want to move to Poland, we are currently living in Israel( for 3 years).
we consider taking with us all our staff(furniture, TV set, refrigerator, washing machine and so on)
we would like to know if she would have to pay taxes on all this staff?
as a polish coming back home.
if yes how much? and if there is some other costs apart from shipping costs?

thank you very much
Zman
1 Mar 2012 #2
Probably not, but you should contact polish embassy/consulate to obtain more information. In the past you had to prove you to them that you resided legally outside of Poland for at least a year to obtain the duty waiver.... I once tried this procedure and it worked. Not sure if this procedure has changed since late 90'ies or how this applies to couples.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
1 Mar 2012 #3
we would like to know if she would have to pay taxes on all this staff?

she should not since she is relocating and it is not taxes but duties we are talking about.

In the past you had to prove you to them that you resided legally outside of Poland for at least a year to obtain the duty waiver...

It is still the case. Polish consulate should have all the info and they require all the bills for the housing in order to prove that one lived abroad for at least last 12 months.
iSRAELI MAN
1 Mar 2012 #4
thank you, so you suggest to speak with the polish consulate already
here in Israel before moving to Poland?
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
1 Mar 2012 #5
here in Israel before moving to Poland?

yes, they should have all the proper info regarding moving back to Poland. It is called relocation. She is transporting < mienie przesiedlencze" and from that Polish citizens are exempt from paying duty upon crossing the border.

She has to prove that she was living in Israel by showing her paying stubs for the last 12 months (provided she was working) and/ or copies of the bills for rent, electricity, phone bill for the last 12 months, OR/AND an official letter from the consulate that she was a resident of Israel for the last 12 months. I moved over a year back from Canada, had to show the bills. The more she has, the easier it would be getting her stuff clear. Trust me on that. I had some problems in a process, since I was studying in Canada and discarded all the bills. Managed to prove that I was a resident nevertheless.

She should check all the info I have provided with the Polish consulate just to make sure.

One only pays duty on new /unused things, so make sure that even if you buy something new, it looks used:) unpacked from the original package- you don't want to be paying duty on newly purchased stuff. I understand that upon moving people purchase some new stuff to bring into Poland at times, so they duty officers are very diligent when it comes to checking that:)

Good luck in moving:)
iSRAELI MAN
1 Mar 2012 #6
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
1 Mar 2012 #7
glad to help:)

as for additional cost you have to pay the processing fee to the duty office and that should amount to around 800 PLNor so if I remember correctly:). They stuff is usually shipped to Gdynia of you send your stuff by the sea. From there you need to collect it and transport it to your destination. The cost would depend on the distance. She should check that out before leaving Israel too.
Harry
1 Mar 2012 #8
She might also be able to buy a tax free car and then bring that back tax free too.
aphrodisiac 11 | 2,444
1 Mar 2012 #9
true, but the same rules may apply to that as to the rest of the stuff. She should check how long she has to be an owner in order to be exempt from paying the duties. I would not leave anything to chance when it comes to duty officers and the duty law in Poland.
pawian 161 | 9,971
1 Mar 2012 #10
we consider taking with us all our staff(furniture, TV set, refrigerator, washing machine and so on)

And so on means the sofa, armchairs and wardrobes.

Are you also taking the toilet and bathtub?

If so, hire a really big truck.

:):):):):):):)

Good joke.

Some guys have fallen for it. :):):):):):)


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