VAT Refunds

VAT Refunds

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When you visit the UK or EU from overseas you will pay Value Added Tax (VAT) on most things you buy. The VAT Retail Export Scheme allows you to claim a VAT refund on most goods you buy when you leave the EU.

Not all retailers participate in the VAT refund scheme. When you purchase the goods ask the retailer if they participate as you will need to complete the form in the shop and the retailer will need to verify you have purchased the goods.

Are you eligible to claim a VAT refund?

  • You live outside the EU.

  • You are an overseas resident but have been working/studying in the UK. However, you will need to prove that you are leaving the EU for more than 12 months.

What goods can I buy under the scheme?

You can buy any goods under the scheme on which you pay VAT if the retailer participates in the scheme except for the following:

  • Services e.g. hotel bills and car hire.

  • Goods bought online or by mail order.

  • Consumable goods you have already started using.

  • Goods which require an export licence (except antiques).

  • Goods to be exported as freight.

These goods must be exported within your hold or hand luggage.

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