Dear Theresa, Yes you can still receive your VAT refund tax. …

Comment on Understanding the Tax Refund Service in France and Galeries Lafayette new Self Service Tax Back Refund Machines by Diane.

Dear Theresa,

Yes you can still receive your VAT refund tax. It’s a little longer of a process, but I’ve outlined it below for you

Within 6 months after the date of purchase of your goods, you must address a tax refund request to:

Direction Générale des Douanes et Droits Indirects
Fiscalité, transports et politiques fiscales communautaires (bureau F1)
11, rue des Deux Communes
93558 Montreuil
France

This request MUST be supported by the following documents:

– A copy of your passport;
– A copy of your travel ticket or your boarding pass;
– An “attestation de présentation des marchandises” issued by a French Consulate. In order to get this document you must go to the Consulate with the goods you bought, your passport and your plane ticket – OR –
– The U.S. Customs or Canadian Customs declaration you made for those goods when entering your country;
– A letter with explanations of the reasons why you were not able to get your form stamped when leaving France
– The Retail Export Form.

If your application is adjudicated as justified, you will be mailed an endorsed “customer” copy of the Retail Export Form. The Customs will mail the other copy to the store, which will, in turn, refund you the VAT.

Hope that helps!
Diane

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Dear Veronica,

The tax refund process in Paris can be quite confusing. When the refund was declined it adds extra time to the refund process. This is why I always tell everyone it could take up to 3 months. (I’ve even had things take a little longer since I came during the busy season) If you’re anything like me, I hate waiting for my refund, but definitely be patient and it will happen.

hope that helps and provides you with a little more information on the tax refund policy in France!

Kind Regards,
Diane


Understanding the Tax Refund Service in France and Galeries Lafayette new Self Service Tax Back Refund Machines
Dear Neha,

The tax back refund process in Paris can take up to 3 Months, and sometimes even longer depending on if it’s busy season.

Did you drop your form in the box at the airport?

I hope that answers your questions in regards to the tax refund process in Paris.

Best,
Diane


Understanding the Tax Refund Service in France and Galeries Lafayette new Self Service Tax Back Refund Machines
Dear Kang,

Thank you for your message regarding understanding the tax back process in Paris. You should bring it back to China, and then find out where you mail it to in China. Each country will have a different location to mail it to.

I hope that helps.

Best,
Diane


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