How tourists can get VAT re­fund

Your first step: Look for stores with Tax Re­fund sign while shop­ping

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY ED CLOWES Staff Re­porter

From Sun­day, tourists vis­it­ing the UAE will be able to claim a re­fund on the tax they pay while shop­ping.

So here’s how you can get your five per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) back. First, you can only claim a re­fund if you live out­side the GCC. When you’re shop­ping around the UAE, look for stores with the Tax Re­fund sign. Next, once you’ve made your pur­chase, the re­tailer will ask to see proof that you are over 18.

Af­ter record­ing your per­sonal de­tails and the pur­chase in­for­ma­tion, the re­tailer will is­sue the re­quired dig­i­tal doc­u­ments for you to claim re­fund. Once at the air­port, fol­low the signs for Tax Free Re­funds and look for the staff who will val­i­date your pur­chases.

A few rules: You must claim your re­fund within 90 days from the pur­chase date, and you can’t con­sume half of it while in the UAE and still claim a re­fund on it. So no re­funds on half-eaten choco­late boxes.

You can’t claim a re­fund on mo­tor ve­hi­cles, boats and air­craft, and you must ac­com­pany your pur­chases when they leave the UAE, rul­ing out re­funds on goods shipped home sep­a­rately.

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