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VAT Tax refund on Online Purchase Shipped to US??

VAT Tax refund on Online Purchase Shipped to US??

Oct 2nd, 2017, 12:08 PM
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ekscrunchy was asking about shipping back to the States, not to Spain.
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Oct 2nd, 2017, 12:17 PM
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Robert, She mentions in her post she will be in Spain soon which is why I suggested having it shipped to a Spanish address, she could then claim vat back at the airport thus saving shipping to States and U.S. duty.

However, am glad you queried this because she may not be able to get VAT back at the airport if the bag is shipped to an address in Spain. escrunchy, if you want to try this route, I would talk directly to one of Loewe's stores and ask if they could include the VAT paperwork with the purse.
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Oct 3rd, 2017, 07:13 AM
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Thanks!! I'm not going to be in a city with a Loewe store but the one at the MAD airport might or might not have this bag. I feel kind of silly with this kind of question so thanks, all, for helping out. I took a look at it in person at Barneys yesterday, oh, my! Gorgeous. But here there is 8% tax on top of the price!
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Oct 3rd, 2017, 11:11 AM
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OK, so you want to avoid paying NYC sales tax and VAT to Spain. If they send it without the VAT, how much duty will you still have to pay to Customs ?
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Oct 3rd, 2017, 11:54 AM
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" how much duty will you still have to pay to Customs ?" Typically nothing, if it's not declared! Use it once and it suddenly becomes a used bag.
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Oct 3rd, 2017, 02:21 PM
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Robert - Value always has to be declared esp if sent from a commercial source.
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Oct 3rd, 2017, 02:53 PM
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You're right, if it's being sent by a store, commercial source, then they will have to fill out the customs declaration. Haven't done that, and actually haven't bothered with the VAT refund for years. Too much of a hassle.
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Oct 3rd, 2017, 03:46 PM
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I have not been asked to pay duty at US customs. Ever. Cannot remember the last time, if ever, that customs at JFK opened my suitcase. Certainly not in the past 20 years. Did get caught at JFK with half of a roast-lamb sandwich from Andalucia in my carry-on a few years ago, though. (Had intended to eat sandwich on the plane, but bag was smashed into overhead compartment and, frankly, I forgot about it during flight. But it did not get past that cute beagle!!)

But this is different, having an item shipped. As I mentioned, I just had a few items of cookware sent from Germany and was not asked to pay any duties to US. And the subtraction of the VAT balanced out the shipping charges, making the items a very good price as compared with buying in the US.

But who knows what will happen next time...??

Yes, I want to avoid paying VAT. Why would I pay that if item is shipped out of Europe?
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Jul 12th, 2019, 07:27 AM
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What about picking up in the EU?

Hi everyone,

Sorry I know this post is so late but this is the closest thread I found related to my question so I hope someone sees this an can answer! My situation is similar from the original poster except I will be purchasing an item online and picking up in store. I would love to get an LV mon monogram passport holder and it’s much cheaper it Paris so I wanted to order it online on the LV France website and pick it up when I go to Paris in September (it has to be ordered in advance because they say I have to allow 8 weeks for the customization) so my question is even though I prepaid online, will I still get the VAT refund when leaving Paris with the item?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
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Jul 12th, 2019, 07:40 AM
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Yes I think you will get the VAT refund since you are picking it up there and then leaving the country with it. Just ask the Louis Vuitton salesgirl to fill in the appropriate forms for you.
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Jul 12th, 2019, 07:04 PM
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Thanks so much raincitygirl
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Jul 13th, 2019, 02:51 AM
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Now that this thread has been topped, I'd like to know how ekscrunchy's handbag worked out and whether or not duty was charged!
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Jul 13th, 2019, 05:47 AM
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Does the seller have the right to remove the VAT on the spot?
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Jul 14th, 2019, 11:58 AM
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Glad someone topped this as it might be helpful to others:

Briefly: Bought a Loewe purse in Spain for far too much money but less than US price.
did all paperwork in shop in san Sebastian; this was big birthday present to myself.
Flew to Portugal from Spain and at airport was told that I must give paperwork in to last European destination. Not Lisbon. Flew from Lisbon to Paris to connect to AF flight to JFK. TOTAL confusion and no help despite my begging. Required to return through immigration, on and on. Gave up. Lost refund.

Less than one year later, bought 2 handbags, one Celine from France and one Loewe from Spain. Both bought in Rome. With the direction of the salespersons at both stores, within an hour or less, I had about 600 euros in my hand, in cash, at a refund spot in Piazza di Spagna.

Lesson learned: Celine bag ( last designed by PPhilo for Celine; I am so not a design follower but she always stuck me as a genius for y own style; name is MICRO BELT BAG in pale taupe) is hard to handle, heavy and I regret the money spent. Will look into the RealReal for resale.

Loewe bag, this time in black.....will use for the rest of life. It is the Flamenco Knot black bag and a classic. Would never sell.


Major lesson: Leave tons of extra time for refunds if flying through CDG, or else know the airport better than I do. In Japan a month or so ago it was made so easy to get refunds, IN THE STORE!

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