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Tax Refund in Germany???

Hi everyone,

I plan to buy some stuff in Germany this weekend but have just realised that my flight back to Basel will be too early in the morning before the Global Blue office opened at Berlin airport...

Is there any other way round to get my tax-free forms stamped and refund claimed?

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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

there should be a tax point from where ever you buy or will have a form, just have it stamped by the office give back to the shop and if its below 300 chf you will get the money back in refund.
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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

1. The Global Blue Offices do not stamp the Global Blue forms. You need to go to Customs to obtain your stamp (German customs in Germany etc.) .
2. Once the form is stamped you can obtain your refund by mailing it to Global Blue or by taking it to the next Global Blue office. There may be a one-year term for doing that. You should find their locations on the envelope that is usually being handed out by the shops giving you the Global Blue form.
3. The 300 CHF threshold reflects the general threshold for having to pay import duties in Switzerland when taking goods purchased abroad back to Switzerland. It has nothing to do with tax refund at all.

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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

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1. The Global Blue Offices do not stamp the Global Blue forms. You need to go to Customs to obtain your stamp (German customs in Germany etc.) .
2. Once the form is stamped you can obtain your refund by mailing it to Global Blue or by taking it to the next Global Blue office. There may be a one-year term for doing that. You should find their locations on the envelope that is usually being handed out by the shops giving you the Global Blue form.
3. The 300 CHF threshold reflects the general threshold for having to pay import duties in Switzerland when taking goods purchased abroad back to Switzerland. It has nothing to do with tax refund at all.
Is this Global Blue thing something new? I've been shopping in Germany for a few years now and only once (the last time) did I get the Global Blue form. Bloody nuisance (if you're not in an airport) having to find an office to collect your VAT., especially as the information on their envelope is out of date and incorrect (the form gives a different address to the one on the envelope). Previously I always sent the stamped VAT refund form back to the shop and had the VAT refunded to my Bank account or Credit card.

On one occasion I brought back goods by car from the UK and was told by UK customs in Dover that they could not stamp the form but I would have to have it stamped at a border crossing leaving the EU (in my case Germany). It worked.
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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

Threadsurrection

I am planning to purchase something from MediaMarkt in DE.
My attempts online were unsuccessful in search for whether they offer a tax refund form within their shops.
What are my options if they don't? (will probably in Konstanz)

So far I was only buying in Lörrach - Karstadt - and they had a desk for these matters.

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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

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I am planning to purchase something from MediaMarkt in DE.
My attempts online were unsuccessful in search for whether they offer a tax refund form within their shops.
What are my options if they don't? (will probably in Konstanz)
Yes they do. They have the forms at the checkouts. When you return on another date with the stamped form, the desk where they give you the tax refunds is on the left when you enter the store.
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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

One quick question if anyone is willing to help.

I have B permit and I was wondering can I ask for tax refund in Germany and what is procedure?
Today I'm going over there for shopping and that just came up on my mind so I need help about it. )
Only thing I know is that limit is 300 CHF.

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

You´ll probably have found out by now that today is a public holiday (reunification day).

On other days: go shopping, ask for a "Ausfuhrbescheinigung", go to Customs to get a stamp and next time ask the vendor to return the VAT to you
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Tax refund for shopping in DE, FR

Dear All

I have a question regarding Tax Refund.

I will do shopping in Germany often to take advantage of tax refund.
Please could you advise as detail as possible? I used to live in FR and DE border town and I saw the long queue at the border customs, and heard time to time some limitation etc…so here are some questions

1:
For Meat, milk products etc..anything might be limited for one time shopping…how does it work? And if the recepit shows total 80EUR z.b showing meat and milks, household goods and all that in one recepit…how they are going to check the limited products? if the said products are more than the limit…what happenes (z.b 3kg Chiken on the receipt) , do you have anyway to do wisely?
Please note that I have seen some people buying things separately in order to receive two receipt…I saw this act time to time in ALDI, BAUHAUS in Germany etc…and they were Swiss….I think there must be some trick…

2:
I heard an item more than 200EUR will be taxed in CH etc…how does it work? If I bought, let's say a 400 EUR bed from IKEA in DE.

3:
I heard I have to claim within 6months to get tax refund…though I would try to do the same day of the shopping….but this rule…if I had to go back to the customs another day, what would happen? (My IKEA BED is already at home) and if they want to see the actual goods or foods??

4:
I have my German bank account…and I do use the maestro card…payment done by my German konto…can CH customs do tax refund on this? …or it is always wise to buy in cash?


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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

Why post twice?


If you use the search function you will find the accumulated wealth of information on this (as this question was never asked before)
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Re: Tax Refund in Germany???

sorry!
I mistakenly did twice (I wanted to make a new thread , not jumping into the existing one....)
I would like to open this Q as my question...it will be quicker than seaching all threads...and comments...if it bothers you, how can I delete?


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