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Switzerland Relaxes Rules For Tourists' VAT Refunds

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

17 July 2020


Switzerland's Federal Department of Finance is extending the time limit within which tourists can export goods purchased in the country tax free.

Currently, tourists have 30 days in which to export goods purchased while in Switzerland without attracting tax. Under the new rules, tourists will have 90 days. The change will apply to goods purchased on or after August 1, 2020.

The Swiss Federal Council said that the measure aligns Switzerland's rules with customary international standards and will make the offering more customer friendly. It added that as tourists rarely stay in Switzerland for more than 30 days, the reduction in VAT receipts should be minimal.

TAGS: tax | value added tax (VAT) | ministry of finance | Switzerland | tax breaks | standards

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