Non-EU VAT Refunds

The VAT system is operated in more than 140 countries across the globe, which means it is highly likely that businesses trading internationally will be impacted in some way by VAT, or a comparable indirect tax.

Not all countries with a VAT or an indirect tax system allow refunds to businesses from overseas, but many do. In many cases, this can be achieved through a similar process to that in the EU where a claim form is completed and purchase invoices are submitted. Some countries may require a business to register for VAT locally in order to obtain a refund.

As with other processes, difficulties can arise where claims must be made in the local language and according to local VAT rules. As in the EU, some tax authorities restrict the recovery of VAT on some types of expenditure.


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