When you are shopping across Europe, the VAT (which stands for value-added tax) might be as high as 25 percent. This is not unlike a sales tax, except it is not added at the cash register but rather built into the price that you pay. If you live outside of the European Union and you are just in Europe for vacation, chances are that you are eligible to claim a VAT refund.
Ways that you can apply for a refund
- Use the store’s refund affiliate – If you want the easiest and most efficient way of getting your refund, this would be it. Look in the store window and seek out “Premier Tax Free” or “Tax Free Shopping” signs. These stores will give you a tax-free shopping check. Once you are getting ready to leave the European Union, you present this check to customs. You can then get an immediate refund at the border kiosk or refund service’s airport desk. There may even be a number of different ways that you can have this refund processed.