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"Inclusive of service" should mean that you are not expected to tip. That doesn't mean that you can't tip if you want to, especially if the service was good. The US restaurant business is pretty much wedded to tips, and they will be appreciated no matter what. However a Michelin 3-star restaurant should be paying its wait staff a decent wage, with or without ...


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No, it's not true - but perhaps you misunderstood? Bars in Japan very commonly have a cover charge, typically in the 500-1000 yen range (per person), that could well explain the difference.


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There is no general VAT in the US but various sales taxes, which means that there isn't a single tax rate that shops could easily include in all prices. Depending on the location, there could be a sales tax from the state, county, city or even other institutions (transport authorities, etc.) so you cannot even set a price and print labels for a state or a ...


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TL;DR For a standard car (e.g. not a van or a minibus or similar) there are only two places in the London area where you need to pay to use the road. One of them is the Congestion Charge zone active in central London weekdays 7:00-18:00, the other is the Dartford Crossing active all days 6:00-22:00 on the M25. For larger and older vehicles including some ...


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I dined at Per Se last night, so I guess there's a 20% chance that you'll be dining there as well (there are only 5 three-star's in New York as of 2018). When the bill came, it was very clear that gratuity was already included. I even received a beautifully hand-written bill with no spot for additional gratuity. The staff were excellent and I have no doubt ...


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Visiting the United States often confuses anybody from anywhere else in the world, is their taxation in most states. In the U.S., if there is a "sales tax" on purchasing items, it is not marked as such on the label or menu. The tax normally will be added to the price at the cash register or added on the bill in most states. Is it normal to have a 14 % ...


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https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/students-and-exchange-visitors/students-and-employment F-1 students may not work off-campus during the first academic year, but may accept on-campus employment subject to certain conditions and restrictions. After the first academic year, F-1 students may engage in three types of off-campus employment: ...


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In Hungary, if you run an Airbnb legally there's a ton of legalities you need to adhere to as you are basically running a very small hotel. Among other you must have a formal guest book which contains First and last name of the guest, in case of a guest from abroad citizenship (or stateless status). in case of a guest from abroad date and place of birth ...


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First of all, what you intended to do and what you actually did, seem to go in two different directions. For all relevant legal definitions of "import", you did try to import the ring to the UK and had the ring not been found before you had opted for the green lane (and thereby making a legal statement that you have nothing to declare), you would most ...


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This is quite normal, and is not a tax. Tourists entering Mexico are required to get an FMM tourist/visitor permit. The fee for this is $500 MX, and is payable if your stay is between 7 and 180 days. Less than 7 days there is no fee. If you plan to leave and re-enter Mexico several times (in 180 days) you can ask for the FMM to be valid up to 180 days, ...


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According to Amazon's web site, As a purely internet-based mail-order company, Amazon.co.uk is legally ineligible to participate in the VAT Retail Export Scheme, which reimburses VAT to customers when they purchase goods for personal export outside of the EU. See the sidebar on the same page for more information about Amazon.co.uk and various VAT ...


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I would say that because the law is not on the consumer side in the USA and therefore does not require the total price to be displayed. Most shops will therefore leave off taxes etc as you are then more likely to buy an item. (Trustworthily companies loose trade due to other companies misleading consumers on prices, so therefore quickly all the companies ...


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Unless the hotel fails to collect the tax, which they are obliged to collect, B will also have to pay. The Paris tourist tax is subject per person per night with different rates depending on the standard of the accomodation. Further information about the Paris tourist tax can be found here.


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Unfortunately, there is no super quick way. You could make a request under the Privacy Act/Freedom of Information Act to obtain your records from Customs and Border Protection. The relevant webpage for CBP records specifically lists "Information Regarding Entry and Exit" and "Passenger Name Record (PNR) (Travel Industry Reservation Data)" as types of ...


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Canada. The federal government and provincial government each charge a tax which is added to items you buy. The provincial tax is added on top of the federal one usually, unless the province uses what is called Harmonized Tax which combines both. In Quebec for example we have 5% GST (Federal) and 9.5% PST (Provincial). When you add both, with the 9.5% on ...


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Because they can. Not all tourists spend money in the cities and most cities do not get direct benefits from tourist money while they do spend money on public transport, roads and other things tourists use. In most places I have been tourist tax was a very small amount, about 1% or less of the cost of being a tourist in the town.


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The VAT is not only for UK citizens, as it applies to anyone in the UK. Declaring and paying VAT on your items depends on how much the total of gifts & ring come to. If their total value is less than £390, you don't have anything to worry about. This is lower than the duty free allowance so you don't have to declare the goods. If you plan on leaving ...


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You cannot get an NIE unless you are a resident of Spain, so forget about it for your 10 day trip. As part of the application process, you will have to show a certificado de empadronamiento, which is a document from your local Spanish town hall showing that you actually live there. Getting an NIE isn't a particularly easy or quick process, and requires ...


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The simple answer is that VAT is not only for UK citizens but for any goods (and services) sold or coming into the UK/EU. For goods produced or sold in the EU, the company selling it takes care of the VAT for you (but you are paying it). For goods you are importing yourself, you have to take care of the formalities yourself. Beyond that there are a few ...


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I arrived in the UK ... carrying a piece of jewelry So you intended to import an expensive, dutiable bauble into the UK. They discovered the jewelry while searching my bags You did not declare the bauble to HM Customs upon arrival. because the intended recipient is an EU citizen currently living in the UK And intend to give said bauble to a local ...


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Expanding on @pnuts answer, ShermansTravel covered this in an article by Donna Tunney, Cruise Taxes, Explained Holland America Line’s explanation, for example, is pretty standard: “Taxes, fees, and port expenses may include any and all fees, charges, tolls, and taxes imposed on us by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, as well as third party ...


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As far as I'm aware, that's not true. There are departure taxes which vary slightly based on the airport you use, but it makes no difference if you arrived at the same one or not. Simple counterexample: if you book a one-way flight out of Japan, you're not asked where you flew into on your way in. There are two international airports in Tokyo, namely ...


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In general the way it works is that you pay duty when you import something permanently to a country. If you are visiting a country, you generally do not pay import duty on something you are bringing in temporarily. That's why you don't have to pay duty on things you bring with you when you visit a country as a tourist. The issue is that they have to believe ...


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No, it is not. See, you have to pay your VAT. The only refund is possible if you are NOT european, not living in europe. Then you can ask for a refund when you take the goods OUT OF EUROPE. The refund has to be processed at the customs (to make sure that yes, you do export the goods). Amazon NEVER gets involved. You will have to reclaim the VAT either ...


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You can’t work as an F1 student except at your own university. The one exception is if you are on OPT. The journal will likely want you to fill out a W9 so that they can pay you, which is when they’ll discover that you don’t have work authorization. Alternatives to getting paid would be: they reimburse you for expenses (say you incurred research costs ...


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Don't know if that's the answer you are looking for but another possibility is to approach the customs administration before leaving. There is often some procedure you can follow to facilitate re-entry, sometimes it's as simple as a form to fill in at the airport, without any fee. But you need to do it on the way out, not on the way back. Whatever you do, ...


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It appears that the French system has its own version of APD, and in France it's only those under two years old that are exempt (source). So I've paid two lots on the outgoing flight (me and my wife), and five lots on the return flight. What I'm not currently clear about is if I only paid the French portion because it was a different flight, or would it ...


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From a linked page: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/congestion-charge/congestion-charge-zone You have to pay an £11.50 daily charge if you drive within the Congestion Charge zone between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday. Very roughly, the zone is bounded by Euston Road in the North, Tower Bridge in the East, Hyde Park in the Westand and includes ...


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