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Tax refund in France

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I have a French tax refund question.
Has anyone purchase something before arriving France, and still be able to get the tax refund when there leave Europe. For example, suppose if i prepaid to buy an item (assume it is 200EUR) couple days before my arrival in France. When i leave Europe 1 month later with the item, can i still claim for tax refund?

I read it in a blog somewhere saying that the purchase would be eligible. i thought that is kinda interesting because isn't the tax refund for purchases while you were there? if i prepaid on 2/28 and arrived 3/2 and leave the euro zone on 4/2, the receipt would still be dated 2/28. I would think that purchase would not be eligible for tax refund since the purchase does not happen in between 3/2 and 4/2. However, one website stated " the store issued a Retail Export Form ("bordereau de détaxe") that you must sign and which must be endorsed by Customs within three months of the purchase, when you leave the European Union." If i'm interpreting this statement correctly, as long as i'm in and also leave France/Europe within 3 months from the date purchase (or prepaid), that item would be eligible for tax refund.

I thought this is kinda interesting and want to know if it is true and someone here in the forum has done it in the past.

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