Relevant Information for Expansion of VAT Refund at the Authorized Downtown Refunds Service Counter
National Taxation Bureau of Taipei, Ministry of Finance (NTBT) explained that, since September 1st, 2017, foreign travelers may apply for Value-Added Tax (VAT) refund at the authorized downtown refund services counter established up by a private tax refund operator, Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., in the business place of an authorized store with a VAT Refund Claim Form issued by any of the authorized stores and his/her passport (travel document or entry/exit permit).
NTBT pointed out that, in order to enhance the quality of foreign traveler refund service of selected goods eligible for VAT refund, Ministry of Finance has revised and released “Guidelines for Private Operators and Authorized Stores Processing Value-Added Tax Refunds on Eligible Goods Purchased by Foreign Travelers”(Guidelines) on July 24th , 2017. The application scope of authorized downtown refund services counter for Tax Refund Service has been expanded and implemented since September 1st, 2017.
NTBT further elaborated that, according to Point 3 of the revised “Guidelines”, when the foreign travelers purchase eligible goods from authorized store, if it is confirmed that the purchased goods will be brought outside the territory of the R.O.C. within 20 days from the date on which the VAT refund is claimed, and the period from purchase date of eligible goods to departure day is no longer than 90 days, the foreign travelers may apply for cash VAT refund at the authorized downtown refund services counter established up by Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. in the business place of an authorized store with a VAT Refund Claim Form issued by any of the authorized stores and his/her passport (travel document or entry/exit permit).
NTBT also warmly reminded that, currently, the authorized downtown refund services counter for VAT refund service are available in the following four locations: Taipei 101 Shopping Center, A8 Building of Xinyi Place of Shinkong Mitsukoshi Department Store, Zhongxiao Building of Pacific SOGO Department Stores (SOGO), and Hanshin Department Store in Kaohsiung. Foreign travelers may make good use of them.
(Contact: Mr. Lin, Section Head of Fourth Examination Division；Tel: 2311-3711, ext. 2510)