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What additional costs can I expect when visiting a restaurant in the US where service is included?

"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 ...
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Why did the restaurant suggest I tip on the tax?

You aren't "paying a tip on your tax". All the percentages and amounts are just 'suggestions". You can ignore them and pay whatever you want and make up your own percentage calculations....
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Visiting the United States while owing past income tax there

Nothing is stopping you from paying your income tax. You don't need to be in the US to pay income tax. Everything about it can be done online, or in the worst case by mail. So if you are concerned ...
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Are alcoholic beverages more expensive at night in Japan (in bars)?

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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Do I need to pay charges / taxes to drive in London on the weekend?

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 ...
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What additional costs can I expect when visiting a restaurant in the US where service is included?

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 ...
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Buying goods online from Canada to EU is VAT free?

No, the CETA free trade agreement applies to duty/tarifs not VAT. VAT is consumer tax and when you are the final consumer, you must pay that tax. Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and ...
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Sales tax rate for hotel in Washington DC

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 ...
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Paid for article while in US on F-1 visa?

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 ...
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Mexican entry tax overland from Belize

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....
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Asking for VAT refund on online purchases in Europe

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 ...
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Flying EU to UK to EU. Can I get duty free alcohol?

No, the UK is in the transition period of brexit where nothing has changed in that regard. This is currently due to end on 31st December 2020.
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Why did the restaurant suggest I tip on the tax?

Personally, (as an American) I have always tipped on the total of the bill. The way printed receipts are laid out, this seems to be encouraged because the big number at the bottom will be the total, ...
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Does a visitor to someone already staying in a hotel have to pay the city tax?

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 ...
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How can I obtain my time in USA information for tax purposes?

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 ...
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Can you legally refuse to pay resort fees in Hawaii?

Having worked at the front desk of a hotel in Hawaii myself, I know that unless negotiated when paying for the room you will be obligated to pay for the resort fee. The only ramification a hotel can ...
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Which countries exempt people travelling for business from city tax at hotels?

Germany Some/many cities in Germany collect a "City Tax", with many different labels and some euphemisms to avoid the word "tax", "Tourist Tax, "Occupancy Tax", &...
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Why did the restaurant suggest I tip on the tax?

USA is a big outlier in that prices are usually published without tax. In Europe, you wouldn't ever see the price without tax, the price including tax will be the price quoted on the menu, and anyone ...
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Getting a "Número de Identidad de Extranjero" (NIE number) for a 10-day trip in Spain

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 ...
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Asking for tourist tax to be left cash in the accommodation

Multiple cities in Italy (and some other European countries) do have a "City Tax" or "Tourist Tax" which is generally a fixed amount charged on a per-night/per-occupant basis for ...
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When booking a cruise, how can I find a list of all the port fees in advance?

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 ...
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Does Japan charge an extra departure tax if you depart from a different airport than your arrival?

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 ...
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Pay 16% tax at hotels for tourists?

Sorry for the late answer. You shouldn't pay any hotel tax in Colombia, even if they insist. Anyone traveling on a tourist visa is exempt from paying taxes on any hotel registered with the National ...
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Why are prices published without tax in the US?

As pointed out by others, its the fact that consumer protections are weaker in the USA, and since consumers are now used to it, and do not realise that they are probably spending more than they ...
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Paid for article while in US on F-1 visa?

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’...
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Asking for VAT refund on online purchases in Europe

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 ...
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How have I paid 7 lots of APD (Air Passenger Duty) for five passengers?

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),...
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Do I need to pay charges / taxes to drive in London on the weekend?

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 ...
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Why is the required amount for EU VAT refund so high and it must come from a single shop?

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 ...
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