"Shopping tax refund: VAT" VAT Tip by LolaSanFrancisco

VAT, Paris: 5 reviews and 6 photos

  Save 5-20% on VAT refund
by LolaSanFrancisco

Remember to save all your receipts (Value Added Tax: VAT) and when your in the airport dicking around tell your flight leave, go to the VAT station and get your refund for you tax.

Europe's Value Added Tax ranges from five percent to 22 percent per country, averaging 16 percent overall. A bit of a stealth tax, VAT is wrapped right into the purchase price. So if the VAT is 20 percent, the tax portion of an ?100 item would be ?16.70, not ?20 as you might expect. Rates change, so check with merchants when you're there.

Know where to get your refund. If you buy merchandise in a European Union country, process your documents at your last stop in the EU, regardless of where you made your purchases.

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  • Written Mar 28, 2003
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