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Passport/Shopping

Does anyone know if it is true that when you show your passport as ID when shopping you will not be charged tax on your purchases because you're a tourist?

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if you buy over 175E in the same store on one day you can get paperwork which you will need to have stamped at the last airport leaving the EU which will allow reimbursement of taxes -- some stores will run the tax on a separate credit slip and just not put it through if they receive the paperwork back timely.

it will add an hour or so to your time at the airport and you mail it back to the store in an envelope they provide

you have to have the goods with you unworn if clothes, when getting the paperwork stamped.

we have found that a copy of the passport is sufficient at the store -- they just need passport number and details for the paperwork

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To answer your question, 1st you must know that all prices include sales tax (to the opposite of what is done here in Canada).

You can claim some sales tax back when you exit the country for any purchases over 175 euros (at least 175,01 euros not 175 flat...) as long as these purchases were made in the same store on the same day and you had a customs form filled out at the store. You can have as many forms you want if you're a big spender...

And if you ever buy at the LV shop at the Galeries Lafayette it does not count as a Galeries Lafayette purchase, it is like a separate boutique.

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Thanks for the info!

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If I'm shopping in Paris and London, do I have to claim the VAT in Paris and in London since they have different currencies?

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No, you claim when you leave the EU. The important point here is that you must be able to prove that you are taking the unused goods out of the European Union, not just out of the country.

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As pointed out in an earlier post, you will not get back the full tax refund. The VAT in France is about 20% and you will only get back 12% via the tax refund scheme from my experience. Also you can opt for either cash refund at the airport or credit back to your credit card; usually you must select the option while the papers are being prepared at the point of purchase.

Ronald

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Thanks a lot!

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