Do Ukrainians Really Cut Cars In Half To Save On Taxes? : Planet Money "A car [imported] in two pieces is seen as spare parts and therefore is taxed at a much lower rate than a normal car."
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Do Ukrainians Really Cut Cars In Half To Save On Taxes?

Today I Learned Something New writes:

Today I received some tax saving wisdom from a taxi driver in Ukraine. He told me that people who import cars to Ukraine sometimes cut the car in two separate pieces and carry it through the customs this way. By doing this, they save a fortune on import tax. A car carried in two pieces is seen as spare parts and therefore is taxed at a much lower rate than a normal car.

Planet Money Question Of The Day: Do we have any Ukranian readers who can confirm (or refute) this?

Hat Tip: Marginal Revolution