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Can you really get the sales tax back on shopping in the US?

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Afternoon everyone, I'm off to the US next week and plan and doing a bit of shopping over there. With the much poorer exchange rate I thought I check on the US sale tax refund that I keep being …
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Afternoon everyone,

I'm off to the US next week and plan and doing a bit of shopping over there.

With the much poorer exchange rate I thought I check on the US sale tax refund that I keep being told I 'should' be able to get back...
Everytime I go over there I'm told that as a none US citizen I can get the sales tax refunded, but no one can explain how ?

I think it may be an urban myth, but had anyone ever managed this ??
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Had a qucik read up on this, found something on yahoo answers but ive since lost it :p
From what I read though, no :(
#2
If you just ask the shopkeeper, they will usually do this on the spot.
#3
You can claim it back but will need the shops details, plus you may need to pay duty if over the threshold plus the 15% VAT
#4
I've never done this, I'll be mad if you can and all these years i've been missing out lol
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thesaint
If you just ask the shopkeeper, they will usually do this on the spot.


I was told that, but I asked once over there and got looked at like I'd gone mad !
Surely it's like VAT, if can't not change that over here no matter who buy what from you ?
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steve1221
I was told that, but I asked once over there and got looked at like I'd gone mad !
Surely it's like VAT, if can't not change that over here no matter who buy what from you ?


The Americans are used to bartering. I always got big discounts equal to at least the NY sales tax, usually more. They were happy, especially when you told them that you didn't need a receipt.

Your personal allowance is so small coming back to the UK, that it isn't worth claiming it back.

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