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
Hello,

Thank you for your message regarding the tax refund process. I’m sorry to hear that it was closed when you passed by their office. It’s no problem to submit the paperwork manually.

I’ve outlined the entire process here https://petiteinparis.com/vat-tax-refund-process-in-paris-france/ under the title WHAT IF I FORGOT TO SUBMIT THE VAT TAX REFUND FORM OR DID THE STEPS WRONG?

I hope that helps!

Kind Regards,
Diane

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Dear Tess,

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

Great question, you will need to drop the forms off in the box before Airport Security. I would recommend that you double check in Greece to see if anything needs to be scanned as I’m not 100% familiar if they require an extra scanning (better safe than sorry).

Yes, please have any goods that you declare for the VAT tax refund with you at all times. It is unlikely but possible that they could ask to be seen.

I hope that answers your question on the tax refund policy in Paris!

Thanks,
Diane

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

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

Do you still have the paperwork with you? If so no worries you can mail it and get the refund. Please follow the following steps

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 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.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions regarding the tax refund process!

Kind Regards,
Diane

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Petite in Paris


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