When it comes to purchasing an iconic (and high priced) Louis Vuitton handbag, most will opt to make their purchase in another country. Why? Because you get a tax-refund on purchases made in other countries as a tourist, which could knock hundreds off your purchase price. But what country offers the absolute best tax-refund for Louis Vuitton bags? We’re going to help make it easy for you with our handy table, which provides all information on VAT percentage amounts for several countries, along with the VAT amount you’ll receive after paying administration fees.
Let’s talk about the table. Every European country offers a different amount of VAT percentage. For example, the Netherlands offers a 21% tax-refund while Switzerland only offers an 8% tax-refund. The amount of tax-refund you receive depends on two different elements: the overall value of the bag and the country it is purchased in; the higher the value of the goods bought, the more tax-refund the consumer will receive.
How Tax-refunds Is Calculated
Pay close attention to how tax-refunds are calculated. Most people assume that because a country offers a 20% VAT refund, that they will get 20% back from their purchase; but that’s not true. It is calculated in this format: 100 Euro + 20% = 120 Euro, but 120 Euro – 20% does not = 120 Euro. Instead, 120 Euro – 16.66% = 100 Euro.
The tax-refund amount will be even lower after administration fees. W when you apply for your tax-refund in another country, you have to apply with an affiliate company. This company will help you get your tax-refund as soon as possible (sometimes immediately), but they will charge an administration fee for their services. These companies are typically located in the airports to make the process simpler, but this does mean ending with a lower tax-refund amount.
Tax-refund Depends On The Country
The tax-refund amount will be different in each country because the VAT percentage varies. Don’t assume because Dubai and Hong Kong are tax-free areas that your Louis Vuitton handbag will be cheaper; it all depends on the retail price. As for Russia, they had plans to introduce a tax-refund at the start of 2012, however these plans never came to fruition. China is just now starting to test out a tax-refund system Beijing and Shanghai.
So How Exactly Does One Go About Acquiring Their Tax-refund?
A lot of people wonder how much refund they will receive and where they should file for a refund if they are traveling to several cities. Let’s say you will arrive in Paris, then travel to Amsterdam and London. You should apply for your tax-refund in your last stop, in this case being London. Your amount will depend on which country you purchased your items in. For instance, if you purchase your Chanel handbag in Paris and apply in London, you will get the tax-refund amount for Paris. Affiliate companies will help you process this information properly so you receive the right VAT percentage for your goods.
1. Purchase Your Items
Go to the merchant and purchase your dream Louis Vuitton bag.
2. Have Your Passport Ready
In order to get your tax-refund, you will need to prove that you are a tourist from another country. So make sure your passport is handy!
3. Receive Proper Documents from Retailer
The merchant will need to create a special tax-free form for your Louis Vuitton handbag purchase. After they fill out the document, glance it over to ensure all areas are completed.
4. Get Your Documents Stamped.
Your document will need to be stamped at customs before you can apply and return home.
5. Get Your Refund
In order to get your tax-refund, you will need to get in contact with an affiliate company. These companies can easily be found inside of an airport. Present your documents to the company and they will typically hand you a cash refund. However, you may also have the tax-refund credited to your bank account, which takes about two billing cycles to complete. Some companies MAY require you to mail in your documents, which means you won’t see a refund for several months. (Most companies will pay cash immediately).
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