Dear Vicki, Did you drop your envelope into the box when …

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

Dear Vicki,

Did you drop your envelope into the box when you were at the airport? If not I’ve outlined the process below

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.

I hope that helps,
Diane

Diane Coletta
Petite in Paris

Diane Also Commented

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

Great question! I understand how it can be frustrating not receiving your tax back immediately, but the tax refund can take up to 3 months. The reason it can take that long is because during the busy season there are many more tax refund forms being submitted. Hope that answers your question!

Kind Regards,
Diane
Petite in Paris


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

Below is the process on how you would receive your tax refund now that you are back in China

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

Diane Coletta
Petite in Paris


Understanding the Tax Refund Service in France and Galeries Lafayette new Self Service Tax Back Refund Machines
Bonjour Wendy,

Great question, when you went through the process did anyone manually approve it? Also, if it said Pablo on the form did you take it to the Pablo Kioski?

You are still under the 3 month window from when you processed it, sometimes it takes longer especially in the summer due to all the tourist coming to Paris.

Kind Regards,
Diane

Diane Coletta
Petite in Paris


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