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Buying in France - can I get tax back? How?

Hi there!

I am planning to buy a bike in France soon, and would like to know if I can get tax back as I am living in Switzerland. If so, how do I do this? Is there an office I need to go to? Do I need to get paperwork from the bike shop?

Thanks for any help people!

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Re: Buying in France - can I get tax back? How?

First check prices to make sure that it is worthwhile doing this.

Then if you buy a bike ask for tax refund. There is a form that needs to be filled out and stamped in the shop. They will also calculate the amount that will be reimbursed and explain how the reimbursement will work (cash or payment to your credit card account).

Then, when crossing the border back to Switzerland, you stop at the French side to stamp the form again by the French customs officer. There they will probably ask you to show the merchandise, so have the bike with you. You can also immediately put the stamped form into post for reimbursement or go back to the shop at some point later.

The last thing you do is stop at the Swiss side to show them the bike and the invoice and there, depending on the amount you paid, they will tell you how much in taxes and customs duties you need to pay to import the bike.

That's it!
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