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    Tax free discount shopping EU

    In case anyone travelling to PT you can get tax discounts when shopping for any good over 50€ + 23% VAT. Money credited back to card / cash when you leave. Happy days.

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    Apologies for my ignorance but where is 'PT', please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo73 View Post
    Apologies for my ignorance but where is 'PT', please?
    Portugal
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    Worth booking a return flight just to fill your boots with Rolex (I hear readily available in PT).

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    Please keep in mind that the claim of VAT back from any EU country is likely to be systematically communicated to HMRC who will invoice you UK VAT. So the gain may not be worth the trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben4watches View Post
    Portugal
    indeed. And I imagine other EU countries are similar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jukeboxs View Post
    Worth booking a return flight just to fill your boots with Rolex (I hear readily available in PT).
    Please show me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Please keep in mind that the claim of VAT back from any EU country is likely to be systematically communicated to HMRC who will invoice you UK VAT. So the gain may not be worth the trouble.
    Better than no tax discount at all though? As you’d be declaring goods import of course from 3rd country.

    Just wanted to help out when tourists go shopping abroad - no discounts for residents.
    Last edited by MartynJC (UK); 10th May 2022 at 21:57.
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    I’d love to know how you prove you’re resident in England Scotland or Wales (and not NI)

    I know I wouldn’t travel with a driving license, and your address isn’t on your passport

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    Quote Originally Posted by demonloop View Post
    I’d love to know how you prove you’re resident in England Scotland or Wales (and not NI)

    I know I wouldn’t travel with a driving license, and your address isn’t on your passport
    Quite bizarre that, why do they exclude NI?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100thmonkey View Post
    Quite bizarre that, why do they exclude NI?
    I believe NI is considered as both in the UK and in the EU. It’s the EU bit that excludes any refund.
    And I am struggle to believe there is no address on a British passport.
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    Tax free discount shopping EU

    Quote Originally Posted by demonloop View Post
    I’d love to know how you prove you’re resident in England Scotland or Wales (and not NI)

    I know I wouldn’t travel with a driving license, and your address isn’t on your passport
    Your choice, take your driving licence or don’t get the discount.

    And why does the notice mention 15%?

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    Quote Originally Posted by demonloop View Post
    I’d love to know how you prove you’re resident in England Scotland or Wales (and not NI)

    I know I wouldn’t travel with a driving license, and your address isn’t on your passport
    Don't you ever hire a car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100thmonkey View Post
    Quite bizarre that, why do they exclude NI?
    NI is still part of the EU single market for goods, so NI would be charged VAT in any EU member state

    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    And I am struggle to believe there is no address on a British passport.
    No address, just place of birth. Same as my Irish passport

    Quote Originally Posted by adrianw View Post
    Don't you ever hire a car?
    Not on holiday, no

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingstepper View Post
    Your choice, take your driving licence or don’t get the discount.

    And why does the notice mention 15%?
    It may be a deliberate mislead but I understand it as an additional discount on the tax free price. I believe Global Blue has discounts with Visa that could come on top of the Vat you are refunded.
    'Against stupidity, the gods themselves struggle in vain' - Schiller.

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