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Old 31.10.2012, 15:30
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Uk vat

There are some threads here that deal with UK VAT but I am still unclear on how you get it back. Can anyone help?

Basically, I want to order something from an online retailer in the UK and have it shipped to a UK address. I will then pick it up on my next visit to the UK and bring it back to Switzerland. I know how to get the VAT back if you buy something from a high street shop but not from an online retailer.

I usually fly to the UK so no stopovers on the French border etc.

Has anyone done this recently?
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Old 31.10.2012, 15:35
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Re: Uk vat

The online store (who actually processes the refund, or outsources it to Global Blue) will need to support what you're doing.

If you wish, ask them for an invoice which states your address (this has to be the one here in Switzerland) then get that stamped at customs at the airport at the "HMRC VAT reclaim" area. I think it's called that, but if it is, it's wrong as I believe no reclaim is done there.

Then you'll have to send the stamped-as-exported invoice back to the store who will credit you with the VAT amount.

The above is how I did it when buying a bicycle from a shop in Stuttgart (except I got it stamped at a land border here).
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Re: Uk vat

They won't usually deduct the VAT if the shipping address is in the UK, IME (don't think they're allowed to) - you'd have to get it shipped here and then they could charge an ex VAT price
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Re: Uk vat

It could be a long shot. I suspect with an online retailer they wont do DutyFreeTax forms like the highstreet retailers, but they may do the direct VAT Retail Export Scheme HMRC forms, you will have to ask them.

My tailor does this and it is great because you get the full 20% back without the exhorbitant charges the retailer and DutyFree take.

If you can find a retailer that will support one of these, when you leave the country with the goods get Customs to stamp the form and return it to the retailer who credits you the VAT back. In practise at City Airport this is a "postbox" and you leave an SAE to the retailer. At LHR it may be an officer, or a "postbox" system.

http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsP...yType=document
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