Guide To Tax Refund In Sweden
Sweden is in Europe, but the country hasn’t adopted the euro currency. When you’re going to shop, you will need to pay with Swedish Krona. And just like in other European country, you can apply for VAT refund if you’re not a EU citizen. In Sweden, VAT is called MOMS.
What is MOMS?
MOMS is a Nordic term for VAT. VAT means Value Added Tax and is tax imposed on the goods and services. VAT in Sweden works the same way as VAT in Europe or GST in Australia. Travellers and visitors with permanent resident outside the EU can apply for tax refund if they shop in Sweden.
Who are eligible to apply for VAT Return?
If you’re a non-EU citizen or non-Norway citizen, you can apply for VAT return. The current VAT rate in Sweden is 25%.
You need to purchase minimum value of 200 SEK on the same day and in the same store.
Time limit for Customs Approval
After the purchase, you have 90 days to apply tax refund for your goods.
How to claim your Tax Refund back? Here’s an step-by-step instruction
1. At the store: look for the tax free sign
Check the ‘tax free sign’ outside the shop to make sure your goods can apply for VAT refund. If there are no signs, then ask the Shopping Assistant whether they participate to the tax-refund program.
2. Show your passport
The Shopping Assistant needs to know whether you’re eligible for VAT refund. She will ask for your passport at the check-out. Show your passport, so she can help you further with the VAT refund process.
3. Fill in the Tax Free Form
The Shopping Assistant will present you the Tax Free Form. She will fill in her part and you need to fill in your part. And don’t worry, she will also help you complete the form.
4. Make sure you’re all the required documents before leaving the store.
Make sure you’ve gathered all the papers before you leave the shop. Here’s a checklist:
- Fully completed Tax Free Form
- Purchased goods (keep it unused)
- The invoice
5. Continue your Europe travel
You can apply tax refund at your last EU stop. It means that you can now travel around different EU countries and apply for tax-refund when you’re about to leave the EU. Before you check-in the purchased goods, make sure the customs have checked your goods and the tax refund application is already processed.
6. Get a custom stamp
The customs are usually located at the Airport or at the border crossing. Find them, or ask a staff where they’re located. Gather your documents; the tax free forms, invoices, passport, travel documents like international travel ticket as well as the purchased goods for inspection. When everything is verified, the customs will give you a stamp.
7. The last step, get your money back
After you got the stamps from the customs, you will need to find the tax refund service counter. They are usually third parties like the Global Blue Company and they’re located at the airport. Find them and hand over your stamped documents. If you cannot locate them, then ask the customs for help.
When everything is okay, you will get three options to get your tax refund back:
- In cash
- With creditcard
- via Alipay
Cash is the easiest and quickest. Tax refund via credit card can take sometime and if something goes wrong when you’re back home, you need to deal this by email and phone. This can be troublesome. So cash is recommended but the refund company might add extra fee for this option.
VAT refund overview in Sweden
|Value||VAT Refund in Krona||VAT Refund in %|
|2500 SEK||319 SEK||12,76%|
|5000 SEK||673 SEK||13,46%|
|10000 SEK||1383 SEK||13,83%|
|20000 SEK||2950 SEK||14,75%|
|30000 SEK||4800 SEK||16,00%|
|40000 SEK||6400 SEK||16,00%|
|50000 SEK||8000 SEK||16,00%|
|60000 SEK||10200 SEK||17,00%|
|70000 SEK||11900 SEK||17,00%|
|80000 SEK||14400 SEK||18,00%|
|90000 SEK||16200 SEK||18,00%|
|100000 SEK||18000 SEK||18,00%|