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Reclaiming VAT - Various


This is my first post I could not find answers to these questions elsewhere on the forum, so here they are:

1. If we travel back to Switzerland from Germany BY TRAIN, how does one reclaim the MWT (get the form stamped) and how does one pay the Swiss MWT?

2. If we buy something in Germany, but travel back BY CAR to Switzerland VIA AUSTRIA (we live on the east side) at which border are the forms stamped?

3. Lastly, if we have something sent to us (our name) to a friend in Germany (Internet Purchase) can we still reclaim the MWT. Presumably Invoice address Switzerland and Delivery address Germany, if they allow it!

Any pointers appreciated

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Re: Reclaiming VAT - Various

1. You go to the tax office in the city you are leaving in Germany. Then I suppose you come to declare on the closest tax office near your home in Switzerland.

In train border france/switzerland there's possibility to do everything in the station. it's probably the same in basel!

2. The tax thing is "European" Vs outside of europe. The rule is to stamp it at the last country of departure of the european zone. Ie in Austria in your example. Although you can still stamp it in germany in any office.

3. Maybe. As explained in your example. But the online seller have to specifically say they would remove VAT- Usually they don't or charge you more. Usually they base on your delivery address: you buy in germany, you get german vat. you buy in Switerzland you get swiss price (usually more or same ,despite tax difference). It's also usually not worthy to fight that and bother with customer service for that.
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