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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Do I need to include foreign VAT while declaring goods for personal use at UK customs?

Suppose I buy personal goods worth 4500 AED (1000 GBP approx) in UAE and arrive at the UK. I am a UK resident. Now suppose that I have paid an additional 225 AED (50 GBP approx) as VAT in UAE. So the ...
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Deregistered student resident permit. Can I go buy something and apply for VAT refund when I leave Germany?

I came to Germany from the USA for my master's program. I have finished my degree and am planning on leaving Germany soon. I have deregistered my resident status and would like to know if I go buy ...
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Tax Refund with D visa (Italy): possible?

I am studying at a university in Italy with a D-type visa. Also, a few days ago, I received my Permesso di Soggiorno card, valid for 1 year. My question is, I will return to my country in May (non-EU ...
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Global Blue and getting validation when exiting EU by ferry

I made some purchases in France, for which the store prepared tax refund forms; however, I am not leaving the EU from France. I will be leaving via ferry from Spain to Morocco. Does anyone have ...
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Bought new phone while on holiday in Spain, travelling back to Switzerland by train. Got the tax refund form. What to do next?

I broke my phone while away in Spain and had to purchase a new one there. I asked the shop for a tax-free form. Now, I need to go back home in Switzerland, by train. I will cross two borders. The ...
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VAT Refund on someone else’s card

My parents have a flight back to home tomorrow. They have some refund receipts (Global Blue) to be shown at the Berlin airport. Since cash refunds have more fee, we wanted to opt for VISA credit/debit ...
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Can I get tax refund stamp if just traveling between EU countries?

I traveling to France and Germany from the US and my outbound flight is Berlin to New York with a very tight layover in Amsterdam. I plan on doing some shopping in Paris but I'm concerned that I won't ...
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Tax refund rules in the UK (London) after Brexit

I'm getting ready for a trip to London from Canada. On my previous visit, I could get a VAT refund of 20% by using my passport when making purchases or receiving the refund at the airport tax refund ...
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How to claim VAT refund travelling from Amsterdam to London by train

After brexit, travellers from EU to UK can reclaim vat on purchases. My question is how can this be done from Amsterdam? Is there a customs office near the Eurostar entrance so that the VAT refund ...
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"Unused goods" in the context of tax free shopping

Goods should be unused with original packaging when getting a stamp from customs officers. After some googling, details remain unclear. I am looking in particular for Europe. https://taxation-customs....
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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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Iceland Tax Free Refund

I recently submitted a few tax free refunds in Keflavik airport with my debit card details handwritten on the receipt along with my name and address. Unfamiliar with the process I did not get any form ...
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Non European flying to Germany to buy an expensive item. I am returning home through Switzerland, where should I request a tax refund?

I will be buying an expensive item in Germany, then after a few weeks I will visit Switzerland. A few days later I will take a direct flight home. How should I apply for my tax refund? Are there ...
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Tax Free shopping in Sweden departing from Copenhagen with a stopover in Helsinki

I want to use global blue tax free shopping in Sweden, but the goods should be presented to the customs officer when leaving the country. How to do this in practice as passport will be checked in ...
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VAT refund after leaving Germany?

I have bought a laptop while staying in Germany for a few day about a week ago. I was short on time, so didn't manage to refund my tax at airport's customs. I have the receipt from shop and a form, ...
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Must goods be unused to get Spanish VAT refunded?

Suppose I visit Spain, buy an expensive item, get the seller to provide a DIVA form, intending to get a VAT refund upon returning to my non-EU country of residence. It’s the kind of item that can be ...
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VAT refund for tourists in UK?

Having been to Italy multiple times, I am used to getting the tax back for purchases above a certain price when leaving through the airport. Some articles mention that the UK have changed the details ...
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Netherlands import fee refund when leaving country with stuff

I have bought a laptop from the US. They sent me the laptop to my address in the Netherlands by UPS. Before delivering the laptop, UPS asked me to pay 380 Euros for the Import fee. I am a businessman ...
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Forgot to submit Record of Purchase card at Narita

Last time I went on holiday to Japan, I bought some souvenirs and took advantage of the Tax-Free exception for tourists. I knew the procedure to follow regarding the paperwork, so as instructed, I ...
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What types of visa status in the UK render one liable for VAT?

And what types of statuses are exempt from it? I had a consultation with an immigration lawyer and asked about VAT in their rates and they said that since I'd never been in the UK on anything other ...
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VAT refund for an online order from Germany shipped to Spain?

I am in Spain but I am not a resident of the European Union. I made an online order to a German seller who shipped the product to Spain. I got an invoice that includes Spanish sales taxes (21%). I ...
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VAT Refund on Used Musical Instruments

A quote from gov.uk regarding tax-free shopping: Goods you cannot get a refund for You cannot get a VAT refund for: .... goods you’ve already used in the EU, such as perfume .......
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Tax Refund for limited (non-permanent) German residence permit

I have a non-EU nationality and have a limited (non-permanent) German residence permit (Aufenthaltstitel) that is valid until the end of February 2020. However, I will de-register myself from Germany (...
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VAT Refund after returning home

I recently bought graphic cards from Estonia and got my Tax Free Form stamped from custom before leaving but since I couldn't find the office and clock was ticking for my flight, I had to leave EU ...
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Passing through Japanese customs with a tax-free knife [duplicate]

I am in Japan and I have purchased a kitchen knife (slightly over ¥16,000), claiming back the sales tax. The tax refund office did attach a document to my passport stating the sale. Tomorrow I will ...
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VAT refund at Luton

I missed the chance to drop the envelope off after security pass as we were rushing for our flight with 2 children. If I return to the UK in a few months time and drop the envelope, will I still get ...
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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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How can I get airport tax back?

I bought a flight ticket of worth over 800€. Unfortunately I was not able to take the return flight. It is possible to get the airport tax back and if yes, what I have to do? Do I have to contact the ...
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Where to find a DivA or DivX scanner in Spain?

I purchased an iPad in Logroño and got a form for IVA reimbursement. It says I should scan it at a DivX or DivA kiosk! (Can't tell if the weird "letter" is an X or an A.) Where do we find such a ...
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Repay / reclaim duty / tax on items bought in Australia

I don't live in Australia but bought items while there and got GST back from TRS. Now when I come back to Australia with those items, do I have to pay the GST back even if I won't leave those items ...
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Can I buy in Japan expensive thing and transfer it to third party country through South Korea without paying taxes in Korea?

I want to travel (Russia -> Japan -> South Korea -> Russia). I want to buy a laptop in Japan ($4300). Should I pay taxes on South Korea border when I will enter/leave country?
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VAT refund for a conference ticket in Sweden

I've purchased a conference ticket online for 6500 SEK (including VAT). The conference will take place in Sweden. As a non-EU resident, can I refund VAT from this purchase? Either online or visiting ...
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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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Can a Canadian citizen, resident in one province, be refunded provincial taxes paid during interprovincial travel?

I ask obviously for solely those provinces that levy a provincial tax.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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 ...