Friday, April 12, 2013
VAT refund for non-European travellers
It's a while since I did my last post, but I had my reasons. Anyway here we go again.
When I was in the Netherlands I bought some electronic equipment, as it is usually more expensive and/or not available in the Philippines.
Indeed the camera I bought, a Canon IXUS HS240, is not being sold in the Philippines. It's a nice small HD camera, with many options including video shooting and WiFi for uploading the pictures to another device, like your PC or another Canon camera or your smart phone.
Price was 169 Euro, including 30 Euro VAT.
Further I bought 2 pads and some memory flash cards. The pads are a Samsung 10.1 inch (N8010) and a 7.0 inch (P3100) with SIM for in total 993 Euro, including 172 Euro VAT.
Later on I found that these pads are cheaper in the Philippines, but anyway it was a good purchase after all, because there was a Samsung promo for both pads, refunding 50 Euro each. They transferred the promo already to my account, so within 2 weeks. And of course because of the refunding of VAT I would claim.
As you can see on the Customer Receipt, the refunded VAT is much lower than I paid in the shop. It means that from the total VAT I paid - VAT in the Netherlands is 21%, so a total of 201 Euro - they incurred 71 Euro for their services or 7.3%. Here is a link to Global Blue's refunding payment calculater, however I am doubting to go there again.
I guess a better option is https://www.vatfree.com/en/for-travelers#faq , they ask 5% for their services for purchases between 1001 and 2000 Euro. So next time I will try this one.
For general info on the procedure for VAT refunding at Schiphol airport, visit this link.