I have been required to pay a hefty Value Added Tax (VAT) and customs duty on my wedding dress that I brought from Australia to the Netherlands (I was stopped at customs, so I likely also need to pay a fine).
Do you have any ideas on how I can get out of this, as I think it is very unfair (it was a pretty unkind welcome back to the Netherlands after such a nice wedding trip)?
I only brought the dress back to show family and friends, and I plan to take it back to Australia the next time I visit (although I have not booked a flight yet). I am a resident of the Netherlands, but I am Australian by nationality. The dress was bought in Australia, and the wedding was in Australia - the dress is clearly used. I also paid Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the dress ages ago, so I could not have even claimed a tax refund when leaving Australia.