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Old 16.08.2011, 11:38
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Re: Things to avoid doing when claiming back German MWSt

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Is there already a thread about HOW to go about claiming back MWSt? Specifically, what needs to be done:
  • when buying an article?
  • when entering Switzerland? - what if there is no Beamte?
  • is there a lower limit to how much can be claimed?
Thanks!
Several.

My additional points

1) take your auslander ausweiss - i.e. proof that you live in CH with you. We've been caught once without it and they won't offer you a refund if you get an arsey chap/pette.

2) don't change address or name details on the form if already auto-completed (e.g. on forms from Hornbacher or Bauhaus if you have a customer number). We have frequently done so in the past (to share the "tax burden" across family members), but more recently the guy refused the refund because we'd crossed out my wife's name and put in mine... (we were both there) Bastard.
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