While planning a trip to Belgium, it might be wise to also think about how to stretch your shopping budget, and what better way than to pay less through receiving VAT refund on the merchandise?
That’s the whole idea behind Tax-Free Shopping. It allows tourists who don’t reside in the EU to get the VAT they paid on goods, refunded to them upon leaving the country. In Belgium’s case, the VAT charged is 21 percent on most items.
Many people don’t even bother with the VAT refund process because it’s both time consuming and complicated. Refundit solves this and cuts through the red tape, getting rid of the long lines and paperwork with an easy-to-use app. Unlike other providers, with Refundit, you can get a refund when shopping at any store which sells qualifying goods. To top it off, our refunds are bigger, thanks to our low fee – only 9% as compared to up to 60% charged by other VAT refund providers.
And this is how you can get your refund quickly and easily:
First, there are a couple of things to remember. You need to be a non-EU resident and flying out of the EU through Brussels airport to use Refundit. Also, VAT is refunded only on merchandise which is being taken out of the country unused. This includes, but not limited to clothing & accessories, electronics, toys and much more. Tax-free shopping does not apply to services and transportation.
Once these details are concluded, you are good to go and this is how it works:
1. Take a picture of the receipts for your shopping while at the stores. The photo must be clear, and the receipts must have the following details: name & address of the store, the amount paid, VAT amount paid & an itemization of the goods purchased. Belgium has a minimum of €125 per receipt to qualify for a refund (as of January 1st, 2020).
2. Submit your claim up to 5 hours before the flight. Upload your passport’s photo and boarding pass. For that, you should Check-in online. Now, stay tuned to important notifications.
A customs representative will review and approve your application online. In the unlikely event there are questions about your claim, you might be asked to stop by the customs counter at the airport. If that happens, please make sure you bring the merchandise with you unopened.
3. Choose the payment method. You can get the refund within 15 minutes upon the claim’s approval if you choose the credit card option. You can otherwise opt for a bank transfer or a credit to your Paypal account and receive your refund within up to 15 business days.
That’s it! You did it, and your money is on its way!
Feel free to contact our excellent customer support for any inquiries