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They want to tax goods you consume in the country. For goods you consume somewhere else you have a real option of buying them somewhere else too; and faced with the possibility that you'd rather do that they prefer letting you not pay the tax and still buy in Japan; at least that will contribute to the local economy. But for something you use in the ...


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In principle, you are supposed to visit the Japanese customs office in the departure area of the airport before leaving (there is no systematic customs check for departing passengers in Japan), and they will just collect the receipts. There is currently no penalty for not doing so, however, so if you have already left, you can just throw them away.


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Because the fact that you are exporting the goods is the critical fact that makes them tax free. If you consume goods in Japan, they're no longer legally exempt from tax. The requirement to pick them up at the tax-free stand makes it less likely that people will circumvent the tax law by buying tax-free goods for improper purposes.


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According to the organizers, 'there is no VAT return for private citizens'. This is a conclusive answer. VAT refunds are intended for things which will be exported from a country. For example, if you were to make a large jewelry purchase to bring home, the jeweler would be able to give you documentation to claim a refund. Since you aren't "exporting" the ...


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Actually I found the answer, in case someone else wonder if it's possible, the answer was found here. Do I have to leave the EU straight away from the country where I purchased goods? No. You can buy VAT-free goods even if you are going to be visiting other EU countries before you finally return home, as long as you actually leave the EU with the ...


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The United States does not have a national sales tax, such as VAT, and you're not able to get a refund from the Federal Government of sales tax you pay on items you purchase when visiting. However, there are two states that do offer sales tax refunds for international visitors, Louisiana and Texas. States that don't have any sales tax are Alaska, Delaware, ...


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Page 5, section 8 of this California Board of Equalization newsletter has the answer: Items Sold to Residents of a Foreign Country or Another State We have received complaints from foreign buyers that they were incorrectly advised by retailers that they could receive a refund of the sales tax on items they purchased and picked up in ...


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According to this news report (emphasis mine) Although a provision for GST refund to tourists has been made in the GST law, it is yet to be operational. The law has defined the term 'tourist' as a person who's not normally a resident in India, who enters the country for a stay of not more than six months for legitimate non-immigrant purposes. It looks ...


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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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There are no state tax refunds to tourists in any of the US States except for Louisiana and Texas. 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. Texas also has a similar program available at participating stores.


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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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According to the VAT Refund EU Guide https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/individuals/travelling/travellers-leaving-eu/guide-vat-refund-visitors-eu_en the limit is set to avoid administrative burdens over small-value items.


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According to the rules: The sales and use tax applies to each total sale, not to each item of each sale. For example, if two items are purchased at the same time and each item is sold for $.07, then the seller must collect the tax on the total sum of $.14. Sales and use tax must be reported and remitted to the comptroller as provided by Tax Code, §151.410....


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You can only get a refund, if your permanent residence is outside the EU; the item is more than 50 EUR, the item is unused, and it has been less than 90 days since you bought it. A "D" visa (which is a long stay visa - longer than 90 days at a time) is not a permanent residence visa; and a mvv (which is a residence permit) is only required in certain ...


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I'd like to add that, when you pay, keep the receipts. And if none is provided, ask for them. You can request your VAT charges back at the airport, after security and check-in. That was my last experience. But it was years ago. It may have changed by now. All the best! Lucas


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You can find many details on the official website of Schiphol airport. Provided you live outside the European Union, it is indeed possible to recover some taxes when shopping in the Netherlands but only if the shop participates in one of the tax-refund schemes. Additionally, one of them, vatfree.com, will apparently try to get a refund for goods that weren'...


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I don't think there are any restrictions in the tax-free system on which kind of items it can be applied to, but as you can read on the page you are linking to in the question, it only applies to goods you are bringing out of the Faroe Islands. If you buy anything valued 300 DKK or above from a retailer participating in the tax-free scheme, you will first ...


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¡Sí! Had to learn how to make google search Spanish (latin america) pages first. Here's a news article about it: Argentina devolverá IVA por hotel para atraer turistas extranjeros And here's the official bulletin from the government: Administración Federal de Ingresos Públicos y Ministerio de Turismo IMPUESTO AL VALOR AGREGADO. Hopefully those two ...


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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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AIUI (this is based on what I have read on government sites, I am not a lawyer or an accountant) When a "retail export" transaction is made the customer doesn't claim the VAT back from the government. Instead the retailer provides the customer with a special form that the customer gets stamped by customs. The form is then returned to the retailer ...


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Do I have to pay this? Yes you do, a VAT-able service was provided. Being a U.S. citizen, can I get reimbursed for this VAT? No, only goods presentable at the point of exit of the EU can have VAT refunded - you cannot claim a VAT refund on a service provided during or after your stay.


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The United Arab Emirates has not yet instituted a GST refund system for tourists, although one was approved about a month ago and is expected to go into place sometime in the future. Once this occurs it is likely that GST refunds will be available for purchases made at duty free stores on arrival into the UAE, which do currently include GST. Purchases made ...


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From my discussion with an export certification clerk it appears that only consumables have to be unopened. Durable goods like laptops or clothes have to be presented in the original package, undamaged, and in case of a set all items have to be present (e.g. a laptop sold with a charger and a dock station). In the case above, the laptop in question was used ...


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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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