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Refund of VAT at Manila Airport

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Refund of VAT at Manila Airport

been noticing VAT charges on drinks and clothing items. wondering if we can collect it back; what is the procedure; do we have to present our goods first. thanks.

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1. Re: Refund of VAT at Manila Airport

Just to clarify, are these goods that will become the stock of a company in another country?

Or is it items bought here for your personal use?

Edited: February 23, 2014, 7:49 pm
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for my personal use.

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You can't get VAT refund..

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4. Re: Refund of VAT at Manila Airport

No such thing as VAT refund for tourists.

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6. Re: Refund of VAT at Manila Airport

#5

" You come from America to visit a 3rd World Country and you would seek to reduce your tax at the expense of a poor country? "

There is VAT refund booth in Bangkok Airport, and also in Indonesia. It's a perfectly reasonable question for the OP to ask.

As for it being moral???? Well, there's the debate about Philippines being a 3rd world country. It seems only to fall under this classification when it is convenient. It is also a stretch of the imagination that the taxation received from tourists actually goes towards assisting those who live in 3rd world conditions in the Philippines. Corruption keeps the poor poor, and the rich rich.

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7. Re: Refund of VAT at Manila Airport

The VAT refund is for business purposes in import and export and has to be pre-arranged through Chamber of Commerce.

Of course its immoral trying to get advantage on personal spending. It is exactly the same thing as avoiding income tax.

If it was allowed, every tourist to every country would do it and enormous amounts of tax would be lost.

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No point arguing about it. It s not allowed FULLSTOP! End of question.

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9. Re: Refund of VAT at Manila Airport

I see the point that other countries that I visited offered VAT or GST refund for tourists who bought at least $100 so tourists would spend more of their pocketmoney purchasing high valued goods from legitimate retailers. For whatever reasons there might be, it is not yet applicable to the Philippines

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kegler747, in Australia it is only for A$300 or more spent in the one store, so it is quite restrictive.

I agree with FSRP01: Philippines needs the tax revenue.

PinkAardvark, corruption is a problem in many countries, including Philippines. By all accounts, the level of it is still way too high, but it has reduced somewhat. Let's hope that that trend continues.

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