Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney engaged: Actor could face £90,000 tax bill for ring
HMRC rules dictate than any jewellery worth more than £390 brought into the UK from outside the EU, is subject to tax and duty
George Clooney may be forced to make a double payment for love after his fiancée was spotted arriving at Heathrow airport wearing a brand new engagement ring.
It was reported that the Oscar-winning actor and director, 53, proposed to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, with a seven-carat diamond ring worth £415,900 at California home in April.
However Mr Clooney may now face a £93,577 bill from the UK taxman, after it emerged the British lawyer passed through customs at Heathrow on May 13 and may not have paid the relevant import tax.
HMRC rules dictate than any jewellery worth more than £390 brought into the UK from outside the EU, is subject to VAT and customs duty.
A spokesman for Mr Clooney refused to disclose whether the actor’s fiancée had stopped to pay the duty at the airport, telling the Daily Mail: “I have no idea of the validity of your story and I have no intention of even addressing it.”
An HMRC spokesman refused to confirm if the tax body would open an investigation, but told the Independent: “We do not discuss the affairs of individual customers.”
He added, “Bringing in goods from outside the EU, whether in person or through the post, could attract customs duty or import VAT. Customers should check the current limits on the HMRC website.”
This isn’t the first time a celebrity has fallen foul of the taxman at British airports though. In 1998 Victoria Beckham was asked to pay £3,000 by sharped-eyed border officials when she failed to declare a £50,000 engagement rings she bought for her husband while she was visiting America.
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