Recently there was a posting on soc.genalogy.australia+NZ about using
Ancestry.co.uk as your membership so that you saved from the ancestry.com.au
The price for standard world wide membership at co.uk site was 155.40
From memory, It was stated that the VAT would be exempted and price would be
less than the standard price of 155.40
WELL I joined and the price came out at 155.40
SO I wrote to them and asked for the VAT exemption and got following reply:
Thank you for contacting Ancestry.co.uk regarding the VAT included in the UK
The acronym VAT stands for Value Added Tax, a tax specific to member nations
of the European Union. All those purchasing Internet services within such
nations will be charged an additional 17.5% tax to such orders. Even though
you're not in the European Nation, the tax still applies to you, as you are
purchasing a membership with a European site. For more information, you may
wish to visit the following URLs:
How VAT Works
If you need additional assistance, reply to this email or feel free to
contact us by phone at 0-800-404-9723 from 9 AM to 10 PM GMT, Monday through
Friday or from 9 AM - 8 PM GMT, Saturday and Sunday.
Customer Solutions Associate
BTW I notice that depending upon what day you go into ancestry.co.uk the
price varies quite considerably,
like if you join today then the price at the page where you enter your
credit card details is 135.13,
even though the line under the choice of membership page shows the 155.40
I even commenced subscribing as a UK citizen using a friends in UK address
and it still came out at 135.13,
so the difference apparently isnt VAT, even though it looked like it is/was.
So join today for a better deal again??
Adding 17.5% to 135.13 would give a total of 158.78 not 155.40.
Wierd to say the least!! I give up!.
BUT the 155.40 is still cheaper when converted to $AUD and bank fees added
than the Ancestry.com.au price, so still worth using ancestry.co.uk.