Taiwan to expand tourist VAT rebates

The mall at Taipei 101 will offer VAT refunds
The mall at Taipei 101 will offer VAT refunds

Taiwan will expand its value-added tax (VAT) refund service for international travellers next month.

The Taiwan News reported the country’s Finance Ministry as saying that, effective 1 September 2017, international visitors who have purchased more than TW$1,800 (US$60) at any designated “Tax Refund Shopping” store in Taiwan will be able to claim a VAT refund at counters in these stores, rather than waiting until they get to the airport.

VAT refund counters are located at airports, seaports, and shopping malls in Taipei and Kaohsiung, including a department store at the 508-metre-high Taipei 101.

Only purchases made at department stores however, are eligible for the VAT tax refund at these counters.

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