Understand how the IRS auction for electronics works

Probably, many people have heard about the seizures of imported products through unofficial means of the Internal Revenue Service. ANDThese are of the most diverse types: automobiles, plastic flowers, decorations and even cigarettes. However, it is electronic items such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks and video game consoles that attract a greater number of people interested in auctions carried out by the institution.

The auctions are designed to raise revenue and sell these items legally, and any common citizen can participate — but it’s important to point out that there are a number of rules that must be followed.

In this text, you will learn what these rules are and how to participate in the IRS auctions to buy electronic items at great prices.

auctioned products

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The products auctioned originate from the arrests that the Federal Revenue makes at airports when a traveler tries to enter Brazil with an undeclared product, or purchases made illegally and that buyers try to cheat the agency in order not to pay the taxes due.

The Internal Revenue Service also seizes illegal goods trying to cross Brazil’s border with some South American countries, such as Paraguay and Argentina. In these cases, in addition to apprehending the products, the vehicles are apprehended and go to auction.

Participating in auctions

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Any natural or legal person can participate in the auction, as long as they are “up to date” with the Internal Revenue Service. As their public notices are not the same, there will be processes in which only legal entities — companies with National Register of Legal Entities (CNPJ) — may participate.

They are carried out on dates and places defined by the notice and there are two types: physical and electronic. In the first case, only those who appear in person can participate; in the second, anyone who follows it on the internet and makes a previous registration can participate.

Where can I see the products being auctioned?

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It is possible to see the seized materials that will be auctioned in batches on the Internal Revenue Service’s SLE Portal, which details the minimum price and the location where the product is found. Batches can have only one item or several together.

This means that if you see a batch that contains a Macbook, an iPhone, and a pair of headphones, but you’re only interested in the iPhone, you’ll have to pay for the entire batch and take all the items home.

How is the registration for electronic auctions done?

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To participate in the electronic auction, you must have a digital certificate, which must be purchased separately (there are several sites that sell) so that you can access e-Cac, an online system that allows you to place bids. The digital certificate is valid for 2 years and must be saved securely.

In addition, the Register of Individuals (CPF) or CNPJ must be valid. Another point is by determination of the Internal Revenue Service, any product purchased at the auction must be for personal use only, and its resale is not allowed.

In the 1st phase, the lot receives the price proposals. The user can modify the value and also give up, if desired. After that, the auction opens for bids. So, only those who bid up to 10% lower than the best proposal go to the 2nd phase. In this stage, known as “pregão”, whoever makes the highest bid can win the lot.

Whoever wins the auction and does not pay will be fined by the IRS.

What usually appears in auctions?

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Literally a little bit of everything. From cell phones, tablets and notebooks to video games — both new and older generations.

You can also find drones, external drives, printers, cameras, accessories and components such as motherboards, RAM memory sticks, HDs and SSDs, as well as peripherals — for example headsets, keyboards, mice and speakers.

Products vary widely. Auctions tend to have a bit of everything, but when it comes to electronics, you can get a good variety.

Shipping and warranty

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The electronic auction takes place online, but the IRS is not responsible for shipping the products. In other words, if you finish off a lot, you will need to withdraw the product at the place indicated by the Revenue. For this reason, it is important to always pay attention to all information in the notice.

Another point of attention is the guarantee of the products that will be auctioned, as there is no way to know if the products are working correctly and it is not possible to return those that are defective.

Keeping an eye on prices

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It’s important to keep an eye on prices because, once approved to participate in the last phase of the auction, prices can go up a lot, depending on the number of items in the lot and the people you’re up against.

For many times, the values ​​can reach full values ​​and average prices of stores, so sometimes it is best to abandon the auction and guarantee your electronics with a new product.

The important thing to keep in mind is that you will hardly pay the amount close to the initial amount. Sometimes, we can see lots of electronic products with notebooks, cell phones and Bluetooth headphones for R$ 5 thousand, but this will hardly be the final price.

Form of payment

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The Internal Revenue Service also does not allow installments, at least not in the traditional way. In this case, if you auction off the lot, you will need to issue a Federal Revenue Collection Document (ALLOWED) and after that, there are two options for payment:

  • pay the full amount on the 1st business day after the auction;
  • make the payment in 2 parts, 20% on the 1st business day after the auction, and 80% after 8 calendar days.

Payment must be made in person at the bank network.

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