Tax Refunds for Goods Purchased in Austria
Upon application travellers not domiciled in the EU will be refunded the value-added tax by the seller for goods bought in Austria.
All of the following requirements must be met:
- The invoiced amount must exceed €75.00.
- Your passport must indicate a domicile/residence outside the European Union (EU).
- You must export the item with your personal luggage from the EU before the end of the third calendar month following the month in which the purchase was made.
- You must prove the export of the item to the seller. This is done by returning to the seller
the form issued by the seller, or
endorsed by the customs office at the point of exit (i.e. the last customs office before leaving the EU).
An endorsement can be issued at a later date only in special, exceptional cases. At some border-crossings, private clearance offices have been set up that handle the refunding procedure on your behalf against a fee.
On the other hand, in several non-EU countries the seller will refund the value-added tax paid when making a purchase.
The respective body (embassy, consular office) will inform you of the conditions and formal requirements applying in this connection.