Tax Free Re­fund Guide

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1. VAT (in Ital­ian: IVA) is a value added tax on goods and ser­vices, and is part of the Euro­pean Union’s value added tax sys­tem.

2. In some cases, trav­ellers may be granted a

VAT re­fund. This re­fund does not cover the ser­vices sup­plied by ho­tels, restau­rants, taxis or agen­cies.

3. You may be el­i­gi­ble for a VAT re­fund pro­vided that: • you are a non- EU res­i­dent;

• the goods pur­chased are in­tended for per­sonal or fam­ily use only and are car­ried in your lug­gage; • the over­all value of the goods pur­chased ex­ceeds 154,94 Euro ( VAT in­cluded);

• the pur­chase is cer­ti­fied by an in­voice. This in­voice should in­clude a de­scrip­tion of the goods pur­chased, your per­sonal in­for­ma­tion as well as the de­tails of your pass­port or any other equiv­a­lent doc­u­ment; • the goods leave EU ter­ri­tory by the end of the third month af­ter the month that you bought them; • sev­eral spe­cific cus­toms for­mal­i­ties are com­plied with;

• the in­voice is re­turned to the Ital­ian re­tailer within four months af­ter the pur­chase was made.

4. The goods pur­chased and the rel­e­vant in­voice must be shown at the cus­toms exit point when leav­ing EU ter­ri­tory (if you in­tend to pack the pur­chased items into your check-in lug­gage, you must go to Cus­toms BE­FORE check­ing in).

5. Af­ter leav­ing EU ter­ri­tory, the trav­eller must re­turn the orig­i­nal in­voice, reg­u­larly en­dorsed by the cus­toms of­fice, to the Ital­ian re­tailer. Said in­voice must be re­turned within four months from the date when the doc­u­ment was is­sued.

6. The re­fund can be made di­rectly by the Ital­ian re­tailer (how­ever, make sure that the shop you’ve cho­sen dis­plays a “Tax Free Shop­ping” or “Euro Tax Free” sign in its win­dow).

7. Sev­eral Tax- Free com­pa­nies are able to of­fer im­me­di­ate VAT cash re­funds when the goods leave ei­ther Ital­ian or EU ter­ri­tory (thus ex­on­er­at­ing the pas­sen­ger from hav­ing to re­turn the in­voice to the re­tailer). How­ever, this pro­ce­dure only ap­plies at ma­jor in­ter­na­tional air­ports or main bor­der cross­ings. Most ma­jor depart­ment stores have Tax Free Re­fund of­fices.

8. The ser­vices pro­vided by Tax- Free com­pa­nies im­ply the pay­ment of a small ad­min­is­tra­tive sum which is di­rectly de­ducted from the amount of VAT re­funded to the trav­eller.

9. In the event of a trav­eller not re­ceiv­ing a VAT re­fund within a rea­son­able pe­riod of time, he or she should re- con­tact the Ital­ian re­tailer or one of the afore­men­tioned com­pa­nies.

10. How­ever, please note, VAT can­not be re­funded

di­rectly by cus­toms of­fices.

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