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VAT refund

A VAT refund refers to the case where your business may be entitled to have the VAT refunded by the authorities of the country where you were charged VAT. There are different laws regarding VAT refunds as some EU countries do not allow a VAT refund for certain transactions. Therefore getting a VAT refund and being aware if you are entitled for it in the first place, ends up being a bit more complicated than you might think. As a result it is best to have a fiscal representative to handle taxation matters for you in foreign countries, as he or she will also see to your VAT refunds. The fiscal representative will know whether you are eligible for a VAT refund or not, claim it, and then see that the refund is given. VAT refund procedures vary from one country to another and if you have a fiscal representative you will have the assurance that the process for claiming your VAT refund will be handled properly by him/her. Moreover, there could be cases where the country who should be paying your VAT refund is late in issuing this refund. In such cases you may be able to claim interest on that refund. The fiscal representative will be able to see to all this for you, and since he/she is experienced in these matters you may rest assured that you will be getting what you are supposed to get thanks to him/her. To avail of this service simply send us an email or click on the Information Request button so that we will get back to you.

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How to make a claim for a VAT refund

How to claim

Fiscal representationThe fiscal representative will take care of the submission of the claim for a VAT refund. VAT refunds and their rules vary from one country to another, but the fiscal representative will know what you are entitled to get, and also, how to help you get it. The fiscal representative will submit a refund claim, and include the necessary standard codes to describe the goods or services that you had paid VAT on. He/she will also know when copies of invoices, or original invoices are needed. In most cases a letter of engagement is also required.

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