Tourist Refund Scheme - Max limit?

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Boomtower14

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I plan to buy a camera lens before I travel overseas.

The lens will cost over the concession of $900.

If I claim the refund with the TRS but plan to bring it back to Aus with me(and not declare it), is it a silly move?

Will Customs check for that item in particular?

Are myself and my wife's concessions combined to total $1800 together?

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You should not try to bring it back in undeclared, as they will have a record of it. You can combine concessions, and dont forget its value has decreased since its used, so take 25% off the cost which is how it will be assessed on return.
 

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Thanks for your reply.

So if I take the honest approach and claim the TRS and not hide the fact that I will be bringing it back with me, but that it will be fine due to my Wife and I combining concessions, all should go smoothly?
 

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Thanks for your reply.

So if I take the honest approach and claim the TRS and not hide the fact that I will be bringing it back with me, but that it will be fine due to my Wife and I combining concessions, all should go smoothly?

I would expect so, they tend to be lenient to those doing the right thing.
 

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If the lens is the only item you are bringing back duty free between the two of you and its value is $2400 or under, then you should be fine. ($2400 less 25% is the $1800 combined limit. )
 
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Am I missing something here, or would the saving end up being just 2.75% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of $45? Is it worth the time and hassle?

EDIT: up to a max of $66 I think, but still that doesn't seem like a massive saving in the context of a purchase price of $2,400

EDIT again, now I get it, you'd save all of the GST due to the concession, ignore the above! Too early in the morning!
 

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I've claimed the TRS on photography items valued at a bit over $2,000 on several occasions in the past 2 years. Travelling alone, so with a customs limit of $900, I've declared the item on my return, and simply been thanked for being honest and told to keep moving.
 

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That's cool Phily. The lens is around $1250, but we will also bring back some other things from shopping, but combined it will be well under, and am I correct in assuming my 1 year old daughter qualifies for a $450 concession? If so all together we will be more than fine.

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That's cool Phily. The lens is around $1250, but we will also bring back some other things from shopping, but combined it will be well under, and am I correct in assuming my 1 year old daughter qualifies for a $450 concession? If so all together we will be more than fine.

Thanks for the replies.

Its a no brainer but some think kids get a booze allocation as well that can be pooled, they don't.
 
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