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Old 08.08.2013, 14:38
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Re: Tax refund

It is always wise to be 100% honest with customs/boarder officials. A few francs/euro savings of VAT is not worth getting fined or even worse loosing your visa over. I only suggested it because it may have been the reason why your friend got the stamp from the customs official which allowed her to get the Global Blue VAT return.
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Re: Tax refund

I tried to summarise the tax-refund process in full >>here<<.

Without a German stamp a (legal) German refund is impossible.

At the train station in Basel Bad, there are two checkpoints after each other. Leaving Germany going to Switzerland, you first pass the German checkpoint, then the Swiss one. They are approx 10-20 metres apart from each other, and sometimes one or both of them are not manned.

The Germans generally stamp VAT refunds on request, and can also check for drugs, weapons, illegally traficked cash, your legal presence in Germany etc...

Swiss customs can check for (undeclared) merchandise above the free allowance, your legal entry/presence in Switzerland, drugs, weapons etc...

With the L-permit, and as an EU-citizen, you cannot get a VAT-refund in Germany, as it is a short-term residence permit outside the EU. As such German customs have to assume that you are not exporting the goods permanently, as you will (according to your status) return to the EU after your L-permit expires.

If you have a non-EU passport you should be able to get the refund in any case, as you are neither resident in- nor affiliated with the EU. As such it cannot be assumed that you will permanently "return" to the EU.
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With the L-permit, and as an EU-citizen, you cannot get a VAT-refund in Germany, as it is a short-term residence permit outside the EU. As such German customs have to assume that you are not exporting the goods permanently, as you will (according to your status) return to the EU after your L-permit expires...
Which is pretty odd when you've bought perishable goods!
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Re: Tax refund

Thanks for your reply.

So that means if I show my passport along with the residence permit, I should get the stamp.

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I tried to summarise the tax-refund process in full >>here<<.

Without a German stamp a (legal) German refund is impossible.

At the train station in Basel Bad, there are two checkpoints after each other. Leaving Germany going to Switzerland, you first pass the German checkpoint, then the Swiss one. They are approx 10-20 metres apart from each other, and sometimes one or both of them are not manned.

The Germans generally stamp VAT refunds on request, and can also check for drugs, weapons, illegally traficked cash, your legal presence in Germany etc...

Swiss customs can check for (undeclared) merchandise above the free allowance, your legal entry/presence in Switzerland, drugs, weapons etc...

With the L-permit, and as an EU-citizen, you cannot get a VAT-refund in Germany, as it is a short-term residence permit outside the EU. As such German customs have to assume that you are not exporting the goods permanently, as you will (according to your status) return to the EU after your L-permit expires.

If you have a non-EU passport you should be able to get the refund in any case, as you are neither resident in- nor affiliated with the EU. As such it cannot be assumed that you will permanently "return" to the EU.
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Thanks for your reply.

So that means if I show my passport along with the residence permit, I should get the stamp.
Possibly. But if they refuse, you have no real redress.
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So that means if I show my passport along with the residence permit, I should get the stamp.
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...because I have the 'L' Permit...
I assume that you are an EU-citizen.

If you are an EU-citizen and L-resident in Switzerland, you are not entitled to a refund. (Sorry, don´t blame the messenger!)

If you are a dual-citizen and also possess the nationality of a non-EU country, you might manage to get a refund. That is if you convince the border agent that you are leaving to your non-EU native country via Switzerland, and you are currently "only" on a trip within Europe. Which might be difficult, if you appear on the border every week with your week´s shopping from Aldi, the border-guys get to know you, and your non-EU passport doesn´t show any stamps for travel activity.

Also, attempting to do this might be illegal. Not sure if I´d try.
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Re: Tax refund

What about a vice versa situation: you purchase smth in Switzerland and would like to receive tax refund, f.e. in Zurich airport flying back to your homeland and you have L-permit.

Is it possible or no way?
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What about a vice versa situation: you purchase smth in Switzerland and would like to receive tax refund, f.e. in Zurich airport flying back to your homeland and you have L-permit.

Is it possible or no way?
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Uhm, you have an L permit so live in Switzerland and want to get the Swiss taxes back? Yea sure..............

No. as your country of residence is Switzerland
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