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To the best of my knowledge, New York State does not offer a refund of sales tax on purchases that are later taken outside the state or country. Except for the North Dakota and Louisiana programs mentioned in the link you give, I have never heard of such refunds existing anywhere in the U.S. I think you just have to pay it.


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Short answer: no, you can't claim tax back at the airport, you claim it from the store at the time of purchase. Eligible goods are everything except cosmetics, food, alcohol, cigarettes, medicine, film and batteries. Long answer: Typically you obtain this discount directly from the store where you purchased the item, at the time of purchase, if they offer ...


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Technically you could claim a Sales Tax Refund from New York State. To do that you need to fill out AU-11 form in which you can claim refund for goods you are taking out of state. And mail it to the state. Problem is that under NY law you likely won't qualify for a refund and on top of this they can only return NY State Portion which is 4%. So if you ...


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You need to get a VAT refund from the merchant when you make the purchase. The refund form is filled by the seller, at the time of the purchase. Not all sellers participate (look for "Tax Free" or "VAT Refund" stickers), and not all purchases are eligible (there's certain limit, IIRC 50 GBP or something like that, per purchase). Drop-off box for later ...


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Yes it is. You need to get your refund from the last country you're in before leaving the EU. I assume you're having a stop over in Paris and not just transiting through. If you're transiting, you would need to get the refund in the UK as the customs check should be outside the transit area. If you're travelling to another country within the EU before ...


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There is a specific process that you must follow to obtain a VAT refund - from obtaining the correct paperwork from the retailer where you purchased the goods, to showing the goods to customs staff at the airport at your point of exit from the UK/EU. Based on your description, I suspect that you did not follow the correct process. Without doing so, you ...


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Your citizenship is not relevant; where you live is. You need to leave the EU at the latest three months after you bought the goods. I think you may already be too late unless you are still in the EU and are planning to leave it shortly. To quote from the HM Revenue & Customs website: If you're travelling outside the EU, you must show your goods, ...


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Elsewhere I've traveled the stores carrying the Tax Refund forms are hit and miss. The larger stores that get a lot of tourist traffic would have the forms on hand but the smaller ones are a hit and miss. Normally the signature of a Border Control officer is not required since most places the refund is given at the airport. For Example Tel-Aviv Airport ...


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There are no state tax refunds to tourists in any of the US States except for Louisiana. In Louisiana there's a similar to the European "Tax Fee" program in effect, and tax refund can be done in the New Orleans airport or by mail for qualified purchases.


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It's only larger stores that offer this, but you can always ask. I found a German forum where someone claimed the Apple stores do offer tax free purchases.


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No it is not mandatory in the UK. How do I shop tax free? .... Find a shop that offers Tax Free Shopping. You have to be in the shop yourself when you buy the goods (although somebody else can pay for them). taken from HMRC guide to tax free shopping The visit London site is a little more explicit on the subject: The VAT refund scheme ...


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It's certainly not mandatory across the EU. The rules for France, where your friend was unable to obtain a refund, are described on service-public.fr: La vente en détaxe est une exonération de la taxe sur la valeur ajoutée (TVA) sur le prix de biens achetés par des personnes de passage en France, soumise à conditions. Le commerçant est libre d'appliquer ...


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Also, according to this page under some circumstances you won't need to have the goods sighted. I assume the following applies at Luton: "If there aren't any customs officials at the port or airport you're leaving from, there will be a telephone you can use to ring an official or a clearly marked customs post box in which you can leave your refund form. ...


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If the item purchased is exported then it qualifies for VAT refunds under most schemes. However the person whose name is on the paperwork is the one who has to apply for the VAT refund when leaving the country. So the question will be, if the store is willing to allow a French citizen to pay and put the foreigners name on the paperwork.


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Assuming you are using Global Blue: Go to the Refund counter displaying a Global Blue logo. Present your stamped, completed Tax Free Forms to receive the refund in cash or to credit card. If you're in a rush, mail your stamped, completed Tax Free Forms using the Global Blue envelope and receive your refund on your credit card. Adding your e-mail address on ...



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