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Questions tagged [tax-refunds]

Many countries offer tax refunds on goods purchased by international visitors. Use this tag for questions about how any of these refund systems work.

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What are “unused goods” for the purpose of tax-free shopping?

An acquaintance of mine looks into purchasing a laptop while on a tourist trip to the EU. Naturally, they would like to benefit from VAT tax refund (the shop they want to buy the laptop from works ...
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Why do I need to leave the country before I can open my tax free consumables? [duplicate]

I'm looking into tax free shopping in Japan and I noticed that if I decide to buy consumables tax free then I cannot eat them on the spot. From my understanding, if I buy consumable products at these ...
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Will a Dyson product bought in Japan work in Australia? [closed]

I will be going to Japan from Australia, and I am considering to buy a Dyson 360 to bring and use in Australia. Q: Would the Dyson 360 bought in Japan work with the power supplier in the box or would ...
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Has anyone ever actually received a GST refund, from India?

In India, If you are a tourist to India You purchase something and take it out of the country in theory you can claim and get a refund of the GST. (GST is the local term for sales tax or VAT.) {...
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Am I eligible for tax refund if I shop before my residence permit starts?

I'm a Turkish citizen and will get UK residence permit (Tier 2 visa) soon. Turkish citizens living abroad are eligible for tax refund in Turkey according to this official website. It says that the ...
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Tax exemption in Tokyo

I'm from India and I visited Tokyo recently. This was my first foreign trip. At Haneda International Airport I bought a few items and tax was exempted for foreign buyers when I showed my passport but ...
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Am I eligible to VAT refund if I buy electronics at duty free stores (specifically Dubai)?

I'm a citizen of European country. I'm going to visit Dubai. I plan to buy some electronics at Dubai duty free stores. Am I eligible to VAT return? I know I can request VAT returns if I buy goods ...
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Why is the required amount for EU VAT refund so high and it must come from a single shop? [closed]

EU VAT is so expensive averaging about 20%. However, there is a huge barrier to refund the tax. Take Portugal as an example, the minimum amount required is EUR 61.35 (23% VAT) from a single store! ...
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Do I have to pay VAT on rental car repairs that were covered by insurance?

I rented a car from Sixt in Italy, and it received a minor scratch while parked on a street. The rental car insurance provided by my credit card (MasterCard) covered the damage, but per their policy, ...
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UK VAT refund: apply for refund directly and not through agents like GlobalBlue?

Is there a way to claim a UK VAT refund directly and not through agents like GlobalBlue? What do these agents do that they take a massive cut from VAT refunds, for example a £1000 purchase has £166.67 ...
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Tax refund in the European Union

I am currently in Berlin and have done some shopping here. I will be going to Amsterdam from here via train and then will my take return flight to Delhi from there. I don't think train stations have ...
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How to get airport tax refund of unused flight with Wizzair 2 years ago?

I just managed to get refunds from AirBaltic this year. I however noticed that I have some unused flights, the oldest 2 years ago with Wizzair. I can't find any email address I can contact the ...
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Can I apply for a tax refund before leaving Turkey on a train to Sofia?

I have a few items I have the right to apply for a tax refund on, but I leave Turkey on a train to Sofia, not via an airport. The clerk only told me I can apply for a tax refund at the airport. In ...
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UK tourist VAT refund

If you leave the UK, you can normally claim VAT refund if the shop participate in the tax free shopping scheme and if you are travelling outsdie the EU. My question is this: if you bought an item in ...
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Luggage at transit

I am travelling A -> B -> C. I have purchased a lot of stuff for which I intend to claim a tax refund at airport B, where I will exit Europe. I think I will have to present the items I have bought to ...
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VAT refund when leaving Netherlands

I understand I need to prove non-EU residence when I leave Schipol (for Switzerland) to get my VAT refund stamp. I have both a NZ and UK passport, so I assume that if I simply present the NZ passport ...
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Tax issues for purchases in The Netherlands by a US citizen?

If I am correctly reading https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/Tax/dttl-tax-european-vat-refund-guide-2015.pdf (page 189-191), VAT (BTW in Dutch) on purchases in Netherlands ...
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Tax-free shopping in Faroe Islands

It says here that any non-Faroe-Islands residents can calim back VAT on purchases over 300DKK in the Faroe islands. Is this likely to apply to purchases of anything to which VAT is applied (e.g. ...
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Hotel charging 21% VAT in Argentina?

I had the idea that foreign visitors are exempt from this tax when they pay with a foreign credit card, still my hotel manager insists I need to pay this tax. Since there is a language barrier between ...
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Are non-EU national “visiting researchers” in Sweden eligible for VAT refund? [closed]

Sweden offers a special kind of residence permit for "visiting researchers". As far as I understand this "visiting researcher" permit is different from a proper residence permit and more akin to a D-...
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Getting VAT reimbursed when travelling out of Italy on a student visa [closed]

I am a student living in Italy and I'm planning to travel to my home country (Pakistan). I have made a purchase in Italy, is it possible to get the VAT reimbursed at Milan Malpensa airport when I am ...
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Tax Free when leaving EU through a different country

I bought the laptop in Netherlands but am planning to leave EU through Italy. How can I get tax refunds in my case? Do I need to stamp my receipts in both: Schiphol and Milano airports?
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Global Blue with D visa (Netherlands): possible?

Enviroment: I have D visa which issued by Netherlands, but my plans had changed, I'm not gonna apply for mvv anymore. I'm Russian residental, but not going to stay there much and soon leaving for ...
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US Sales tax in stores, are they listed on pricetag or checkout?

I am travelling to Texas, will (most?) stores have the total price including sales tax listed on the price tag, or is this a 'surprise' that happens while at the checkout? Last year in New York City, ...
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Is it possible to get VAT Refund with the D-Type Visa when leaving Slovenia?

I am currently an Erasmus internship student in Slovenia. I am planning to use tax free here. My visa is D-Type (103 days, MLT). I am leaving after 1 month. Is it possible ?
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Taxes refund for French citizen in Canada

I'm currently in internship in Canada. For every purchase I pay TPS and TVQ (Quebec) taxes. Is it possible to recover the taxes I paid at the end of my travel? How I should do?
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Showing tax-refunded items at Customs in Japan

I'm on a vacation in Japan and have bought some items tax-free in different stores (Bic Camera, Isetan, some smaller shops). Can I use the items while in Japan? Do I need to show them after check-in ...
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Is it possible to reclaim 'Passenger Service Charge' in BKK if you don't leave the airport?

I fly into BKK at 23:10. I then have a flight the next morning leaving at 11:10. I therefore plan on not leaving the airport/clearing immigration. One of my charges on my ticket is the Thailand '...
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Getting tax refund before departure from Singapore

Is it possible to get tax refund before departure, that is before having tickets to depart, during your stay. The case is with Singapore.
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Is it possible to get a tax refund on goods in Singapore when leaving by land?

I found this page explaining how to apply for a tax return on goods in Singapore. However, it specifies that you can only get it when leaving from an airport (Changi Airport or Seletar Airport) or ...
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Tax refund flying out of California?

I have an international flight from Los Angeles airport (LAX). I bought a laptop and tablet in the USA, and I wanted to know if I can get a tax refund. I know that the US doesn't have VAT, but I don't ...
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Are VAT refunds mandatory in the UK / EU?

A friend of mine recently returned from Germany and I was asking him about VAT refund and he said that the Apple store refused to give him a refund receipt because according to the store clerk, they ...
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Applying for tax refund in France for an item that have been bought by Frenchman

I am a South Korean citizen traveling in France for a few days. I want to go to a store that participates in the tax-free scheme (namely Louis Vuitton Paris) so that I can apply for tax refund in ...
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VAT Refund Process for Cash Purchases

I will soon be traveling to Amsterdam and plan to purchase some goods at the Apple store, and would be requesting a refund of the VAT since I am not a resident of the EU. I did some research and ...
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Narita Airport Custom check for tax-free purchased items [duplicate]

I understood that I need to show my purchased item with the form attached on my passport to a custom officer at Narita Airport. I would like to know where is this custom office located. Based on what ...
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Is it possible to get a VAT refund on goods I purchased in the UK if I'm departing Europe from Paris?

I've bought a smartphone from Amazon in the UK which has around 35 pounds VAT on it. I'd like to get this back when I fly from Europe to Australia, however I depart from Paris and not from the UK. Is ...
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How can I reclaim for my VAT refund when leaving the UK?

I am citizen from Kosovo who visited London few months ago (march 2013) and the day I left the UK from Luton airport I claimed my VAT refund on some shopping I have done in London. I asked at the ...
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How can I get a VAT refund after I've left the UK from Luton Airport?

I'm a non-EU citizen. I left London from Luton Airport at 23:30. I did not find the blue HM customs post, so I took the VAT refund paper with me. How I can request the refund? Can I send it by post? ...
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Tax refund in stores that are not close to the border

I'm living in a border region, and every time I'm shopping abroad, I can fill out a form at the store, let the border officer sign it, go back to the store and get the sales tax back. Now I'm ...
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Tax refund at Narita airport in Japan

I'm an Italian tourist, and I bought things here in Japan. Is it possible to have a tax refund at the airport? In particular I am interested in Narita airport. In case it is possible to specify, what ...
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How easy is it to find stores that do tax refunds in Tokyo?

According to this governament site, some stores offer tax refunds to tourists. Is it very common to find in Tokyo? Specifically, I want to buy electronics at the Ginza Apple Store. Will I be able to ...
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Reclaiming tax from US purchases

I'm traveling in the US (originally from Australia) and buying a few things like shoes etc and a friend said I might be able to claim the tax back on my purchases. Does anyone know if this is right ...
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How to get a tax refund for computer accessories purchased on a visit to USA?

I am about to buy two Mac accessories in the Apple Store in Manhattan which cost a total of $98 before tax. I would like to get a refund for the tax before I get back to Europe. My question is what ...
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VAT refund at Luton airport

I'm a non-EU citizen, leaving London from Luton airport. I'm trying to understand how to get a VAT refund on my way out. All I was able to find is this very sparse description at the airport website: ...