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Yet another question about vat (Germany Swiss customs)

Hello everybody,

I have a question about vat refound and timing:

I have bought a pair of glasses in Germany (more than 300 euros) and I got the tax refound paper from the shop. I went to the German custom and I got a stamp on that document. Anyway I didn't go to the Swiss custom, maybe this was an error, but I didn't know at the time and the person at the custom house was pretty rude and didn't have time to explain me.
Now, can I go to the Swiss custom even if it passed some time? Like 2-3 weeks. Does it make sense?


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Hello everybody,

I have a question about vat refound and timing:

I have bought a pair of glasses in Germany (more than 300 euros) and I got the tax refound paper from the shop. I went to the German custom and I got a stamp on that document. Anyway I didn't go to the Swiss custom, maybe this was an error, but I didn't know at the time and the person at the custom house was pretty rude and didn't have time to explain me.
Now, can I go to the Swiss custom even if it passed some time? Like 2-3 weeks. Does it make sense?


Thank you!

When you come over the border with more than Sfr300 nett worth of goods you have to pay the Swiss tax.


I`d say yes, go to them, explain your error and offer to pay the tax.


If you`d been stopped by Zoll once inside Switzerland and they`d found your tax receipt from Germany (stamped to reclaim the Mwst) Or if you`d declared your purchase, you`d have been fined.


To my way of thinking it`s the correct Thing to do, to declare even if you are late doing so.
However, not having been caught, you could just ignore it.
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What is your reason to visit Swiss customs?
They have nothing to do with German tax refunds!
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What is your reason to visit Swiss customs?
They have nothing to do with German tax refunds!
I was expecting that the German authorities communicates with Swiss one. Maybe you get a stamp also by Swiss customs and they can double check.

I mean, it make sense. Otherwise all the people would be trying to pass the border just with the German stamp
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I was expecting that the German authorities communicates with Swiss one. Maybe you get a stamp also by Swiss customs and they can double check.

I mean, it make sense. Otherwise all the people would be trying to pass the border just with the German stamp
That is what they do. Smoky suggests the legal and ethical route. I think Swiss customs would have simply invalidated your stamp, and say you are over the limit.

You can go back to the store and reclaim you MWST, perhaps unethically. or you can go to Swiss customs and pay taxes due for a clear conscience, or you can completely forget it altogether.
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That is what they do. Smoky suggests the legal and ethical route. I think Swiss customs would have simply invalidated your stamp, and say you are over the limit.
From this I understand that you can reclaim the German taxes only if you are below 300 chf. Am I right?

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From this I understand that you can reclaim the German taxes only if you are below 300 chf. Am I right?

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No, not right!
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From this I understand that you can reclaim the German taxes only if you are below 300 chf. Am I right?

Anyway thanks for all the answers!
You can reclaim the vat taxes from every country. But in return you have pay the swiss vat tax when you're taking goods over 300 CHF/person. For some kind of goods you've a restriction of amount you can take over the border. Like meat is restricted to 1kg. If its over the amount, you've to pay additional taxes.
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