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Old 20.08.2010, 08:50
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Things to avoid doing when claiming back German MWSt

As reported in todays Aargauer Zeitung, there have been 4 Swiss people fined by the German authorities recently for breaking the rules with regard to claiming back German MWSt (Sales Tax) when personally exporting shopping to Switzerland. There were details of 2 of the cases:
  • The shopper must be in possession of the goods when presenting the export document for validation. A Swiss woman was fined €90 for trying to claim back the MWSt on her food shopping from the previous week.
  • After getting the form stamped, you must go directly across the border (do not pass go, do not collect £200). A Swiss man is facing a €900 fine. His form was stamped at the Waldshut Zoll office but he then turned his car around and proceeded to drive back into Germany with the intention of crossing the border at another (more convenient) location
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