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

Thank you for your message regarding the tax refund policy at Galeries Lafayette.

Unfortunately, if it’s been more than 6 months you are no longer eligible to receive the tax money back

Please let me know if you have any additional questions regarding the tax refund policy in France

Kind Regards,
Diane

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Dear Neha,

Thank you for your question regarding the tax refund process in Paris!

You will have to mail it back to Paris ASAP. If it’s not mailed back with a written reason why you didn’t drop it off at the mailbox you’ll be charged.

Here is the information on where to mail it 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 Declaration you made for those goods when entering your country;
A letter with exhaustive explanations of the reasons why you were not able to get your form stamped when leaving France;
The Retail Export Form.

I hope that helps, and answers your question regarding the tax refund process!

Kind Regards,
Diane

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

Thank you for your message about the tax refund process in Paris!

Great question regarding your two different refunds. It is very common to get the refund at different times. Each company processes the paperwork different and it can come very quickly or can take up to 3 months.

Before I moved to Paris, I had the same question when I did my tax refund process.

I hope that answers your question regarding the tax refund process in Paris! 🙂

Kind Regards,
Diane

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