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Tax tip Shopping in Germany

If you do shopping in Constance you get a full 19% Tax refund if you return the customs stamped receipt to the shop. The limit per person is 300,-
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If you do shopping in Constance you get a full 19% Tax refund if you return the customs stamped receipt to the shop. The limit per person is 300,-
There is no limit of 300,- for this.

What are you going to sell?
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What are you going to sell?

? It was a tip for the new expats to save money on shopping trips... I was happy when someone told me. nothing more
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Old 21.09.2017, 11:43
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Re: Tax tip Shopping in Germany

16% back, not 19%.

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16% back, not 19%.

Tom
19 if you use the green "Ausfuhrschein" form that is handed out in most shops...
Not the blue tax free

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Re: Tax tip Shopping in Germany

If you had checked the forum, you would have noticed that this is fairly common knowledge, hence the comments
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If you had checked the forum, you would have noticed that this is fairly common knowledge, hence the comments
sorry that I am new to the forum and wanted to share something that I benefitted from without reading everything first
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sorry that I am new to the forum and wanted to share something that I benefitted from without reading everything first
Try giving this the once over first...

https://www.englishforum.ch/introduc...ur-thread.html
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Old 21.09.2017, 12:17
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19 if you use the green "Ausfuhrschein" form that is handed out in most shops...
Not the blue tax free

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It's 16%.

If you buy something for 100, you get 16 back.

84 + 19% = 100.

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Re: Tax tip Shopping in Germany

Tom - you get the 19% tax (VAT) back.

The amount you get back on the price paid is different

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19 if you use the green "Ausfuhrschein" form that is handed out in most shops...
Not the blue tax free

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and only the 7.x% VAT on food items...

Great that you want to share but as mentioned, there's a tonne of stuff on this on EF already.

You also need to be careful with your friendly advice and tips, as while you can take as much as you want out, there are limits on what you bring into CHF, beyond the 300 CHF...
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Re: Tax tip Shopping in Germany

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If you do shopping in Constance you get a full 19% Tax refund if you return the customs stamped receipt to the shop. The limit per person is 300,-
300 (per person) is the limit for importing goods with out paying customs duty. You can still buy above this limit, but then you pay import duty to CH, which is less than the VAT refund you get.

Looks like some one told you the simplified basic facts.
The effort to spread useful info is appreciated, you need to first verify the details. This forum has plenty of info on almost every useful topic. Please use the search function more.
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300 (per person) is the limit for importing goods with out paying customs duty. You can still buy above this limit, but then you pay import duty to CH, which is less than the VAT refund you get.

Looks like some one told you the simplified basic facts.
The effort to spread useful info is appreciated, you need to first verify the details. This forum has plenty of info on almost every useful topic. Please use the search function more.
Less basic would also be to mention the restrictions on importing taxfree on a lot of specific goods like beer, cigarets and meat for example
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300 (per person) is the limit for importing goods with out paying customs duty.
No, it's the limit for importing goods without paying Swiss VAT.

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You can still buy above this limit, but then you pay import duty to CH.
No you pay VAT to CH, you will almost never pay import duty unless you import a car or excess meat, wine, etc.

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300 (per person) is the limit for importing goods with out paying customs duty. You can still buy above this limit, but then you pay import duty to CH, which is less than the VAT refund you get.
Please look at this handy information from Swiss customs when you have to pay duty or VAT on goods imported while crossing the border as traveler:

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...itzerland.html

Btw. The above is the source of EdwinNL's chart.
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Re: Tax tip Shopping in Germany

In case you speak German:

https://www.staatenlos.ch/mehrwertsteuer-erstattung/
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Re: Tax tip Shopping in Germany

Do I have to go back to the same store at the same location to get the refund?
Is there a time limit for this?

(Yesterday went to Germany to shop for the first time and got the stamps)
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Do I have to go back to the same store at the same location to get the refund?
Is there a time limit for this?
Depends on the chain. But in general it is the store you bought it from.
AFIAK the time limit is ~6 months.

According to this it is up to 4 years, for stuff bought in Germany:
https://www.comparis.ch/preisverglei...ueckerstattung
I think that is the maximum limit the law allows.

As tax refund is a purely voluntary thing the store may have a different, lower time limit. Best to check what is printed on receipt/Ausfuhrschein and as clerk at checkout.

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As tax refund is a purely voluntary thing the store may have a different, lower time limit. Best to check what is printed on receipt/Ausfuhrschein and as clerk at checkout.
Recent experience in Konstanz:

Ten months after purchase, six different shops. All refunded the VAT despite their quoted limit being six months.

We tried it with seven months too a previous time and that was also OK too.
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Re: Tax tip Shopping in Germany

Seems that rules differ by country, Germany seems pretty lax.

In Italy, it's three months, and nothing that is mounted to your vehicle can be tax rebated, nor any work.

I have been controlled that all that was claimed was actually in the box on pretty much all occaisions.

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