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Old 13.05.2011, 20:04
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

We already knew that as well but did not apply it rigorously into our life. My wife has just grinned on notion of suggesting her to jump out of the car tomorrow and stand in Waldshut's custom queue. Well will try to convince her again

The fact it we already feel somewhat guilty of depriving CH of opportunity to sell us local wurst and other goodies. Trying to follow example of well behaving resident who feeds a system is honorable deed of the past. Now let's start systematically building up green form folder
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Old 13.05.2011, 22:38
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

Actually in Waldshut parking around the German border guard to get the form stamped can sometimes be painful, even though the stamping itself is instantaneous
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Old 14.05.2011, 01:29
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We already knew that as well but did not apply it rigorously into our life. My wife has just grinned on notion of suggesting her to jump out of the car tomorrow and stand in Waldshut's custom queue. Well will try to convince her again

The fact it we already feel somewhat guilty of depriving CH of opportunity to sell us local wurst and other goodies. Trying to follow example of well behaving resident who feeds a system is honorable deed of the past. Now let's start systematically building up green form folder
The queues are not bad going through Zurzach rather than Waldshut. Takes you a bit of the way but on a Saturday might be a better option.
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Old 14.05.2011, 03:42
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

I have a clasic German car, I have had servicing done in Germany where I was just given a normal invoice & asked to get it stamped at the border. I returned half an hour later & they refunded the VAT in cash. Very easy.

The seller just has to prove that the goods were exported.
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Old 14.05.2011, 07:24
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

Did you declare the servicing costs to the Swiss, if it was over 300CHF? You are supposed to, and people have been caught and fined for not doing it.
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Old 14.05.2011, 09:49
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Did you declare the servicing costs to the Swiss, if it was over 300CHF? You are supposed to, and people have been caught and fined for not doing it.
Yes I paid the Swiss VAT.
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

Do you know how this is handled for Purchases made online, where they give you an Invoice with the German VAT? (MWST).

How does customs at the POST handle this?
Trying to dig information up for a 1500EUR purchase online.

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Old 20.05.2011, 15:30
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

Any Advice out there? getting the impression that I should just ship it to German and pick it up.

I get a full MwSt invoice which should be workable? at customs
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

I just had strange experience with customs / tax refund this weekend. Although it was for French tax refund, I don't think it makes a difference.

The weird part is that once we got our blue tax form stamped by french and came to the cashier to pay our import tax duty he gave us the form back and said 'good with me, you can go'.

The way I understood is that we are supposed to pay swiss import tax on whatever we bring into Switzerland. Not sure why the customs did not want our money.
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Old 03.02.2013, 14:40
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I just had strange experience with customs / tax refund this weekend. Although it was for French tax refund, I don't think it makes a difference.

The weird part is that once we got our blue tax form stamped by french and came to the cashier to pay our import tax duty he gave us the form back and said 'good with me, you can go'.

The way I understood is that we are supposed to pay swiss import tax on whatever we bring into Switzerland. Not sure why the customs did not want our money.
No, you have a duty- and tax-free import allowance of CHF 300 per person per day. If whatever it is that you are importing can be split up between two or more people, then your tax-free allowance multiplies. So if there are two of you and you have spent €450 on groceries and clothes (assuming you stay within individual limits on importation of meat, cheese, etc), you can claim the full refund of German/French/Italian/whatever MWSt/TVA/IVA but do not have to pay any Swiss tax.

Car repairs and tyres may not be "distributed" across more than one person, so if you spend more than CHF 300 on the pre-tax price, you will have to pay Swiss tax. Same goes for expensive single items, such as a dining table or diamond ring (or Swiss watch, which may well be cheaper over the border). Inexplicably, in cases where Swiss VAT is assessed, it's levied on the entire pre-tax purchase price -- the individual tax-free allowance of CHF 300 per day does not apply.
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No, you have a duty- and tax-free import allowance of CHF 300 per person per day. If whatever it is that you are importing can be split up between two or more people, then your tax-free allowance multiplies. So if there are two of you and you have spent 450 on groceries and clothes (assuming you stay within individual limits on importation of meat, cheese, etc), you can claim the full refund of German/French/Italian/whatever MWSt/TVA/IVA but do not have to pay any Swiss tax.

Car repairs and tyres may not be "distributed" across more than one person, so if you spend more than CHF 300 on the pre-tax price, you will have to pay Swiss tax. Same goes for expensive single items, such as a dining table or diamond ring (or Swiss watch, which may well be cheaper over the border). Inexplicably, in cases where Swiss VAT is assessed, it's levied on the entire pre-tax purchase price -- the individual tax-free allowance of CHF 300 per day does not apply.
Ah, this makes sense now - thank you for clearing this up. I read other treads about 300CHF allowance but thought this was for reduced import rate, not for tax-free (aren't they nice!). The guy at the customs did ask what we bought and asked if we are two people travelling together, so that put us under the 300 p.p.

Sad that France handles this business via Global Refund, they will take a bite off of our refund, but still better than nothing!
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

Good morning all, sorry to come back to a really old thread, but about half way down there is a comment that seems to best fit my needs.

I was just looking on eBay at some alloy wheels to put the summer tyres on, and found a seller in Germany who looked pretty decent. They mention that prices include 19% MwSt, and a VAT receipt would be provided.

They would ship the items to Switzerland, so I was wondering what I could say to them to get the VAT removed? Or if not, how I could claim it back back the VAT once the items arrived here some how (I assume that the delivery firm will charge me Swiss taxes + a nice admin fee for the service too).

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Unfortunately VAT refunds are not given in Germany on vehicle accessories unless they are fitted to your car/motorbike by the retailer, and a REASONABLE fitting fee is charged by them. So:
  • New tyres supplied and fitted by the tyre shop -- you get the VAT back.
  • New roof bars and luggage box bought from the accessories shop -- no VAT back.
  • New 2x2 inch woodgrain panel to replace one I cracked on my car dashboard (cost: 105 euros!!!!!!!!), even if I ask the retailer to supply an invoice with a nominal 5 euro fitting charge -- no VAT back.
Does anyone know if this is still the case?

Apart from crossing the boarder would I have any other options to avoid double taxation?

Thanks for any advice
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

Yes its still.the case
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...you have a duty- and tax-free import allowance of CHF 300 per person per day. If whatever it is that you are importing can be split up between two or more people, then your tax-free allowance multiplies. So if there are two of you and you have spent 450 on groceries and clothes (assuming you stay within individual limits on importation of meat, cheese, etc), you can claim the full refund of German/French/Italian/whatever MWSt/TVA/IVA but do not have to pay any Swiss tax.
Sorry to add to an old thread, but I did a search through the forum and this quote was the closest that I found to a partial answer.

If my family of 3 buys furniture in Germany, do we have to get separate receipts that each have no more than 300CHF, or will they divide the total of one receipt by 3?

Also, I read that if you go over the limit, they tax the full amount, not just what is over 300CHF, so if we (3 people) make purchases that total 1200CHF, should we make the purchases so that we have 2 receipts under 300CHF and then the 3rd receipt would be over the 300CHF limit and we would be taxed on only that amount?

TIA
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If my family of 3 buys furniture in Germany, do we have to get separate receipts that each have no more than 300CHF, or will they divide the total of one receipt by 3?

Also, I read that if you go over the limit, they tax the full amount, not just what is over 300CHF, so if we (3 people) make purchases that total 1200CHF, should we make the purchases so that we have 2 receipts under 300CHF and then the 3rd receipt would be over the 300CHF limit and we would be taxed on only that amount?

TIA
EDIT (there was no edit button for my previous post):
I realized that you can change the zoll link so that it's in English, so the answers were there. It looks like it can all be on one receipt, and they will divvy it up.

In case it helps anyone else:
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Reclaiming German MWST

Yup, that diagram summarises it nicely.
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