Dear Ybur, Great question! I understand how it can be frustrating …

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

Dear Ybur,

Great question! I understand how it can be frustrating not receiving your tax back immediately, especially considering you already received your tax back from Louis Vuitton 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. If the staff told you you didn’t need to drop the form into the mail box that means it was able to be scanned digitally. Hope that answers your question!

Kind Regards,
Diane
Petite in Paris

Diane Also Commented

Understanding the Tax Refund Service in France and Galeries Lafayette new Self Service Tax Back Refund Machines
Hello Kini,

Thank you for your question. There should be a place for your friend to drop it off in a box at the Frankford airport. I would recommend your friend arrives early to located the tax back, and she can ask questions.

Please make sure you ask someone when you are there so they can drop the box in the correct mail box.

Hope that helps.

Kind Regards,
Diane

Diane Coletta
Petite in Paris


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 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


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