Anyone ever tried to do a UK VAT Refund from the UK Apple Store?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lsquare, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. lsquare macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
    I'm currently in the UK at the moment and I'll be here until the fall. I know that some stores participate in the VAT refund program. I definitely want my 20% VAT back when I leave the UK. I'm a little confused on whether I'll get all 20% back or I'll get a partial refund? The Apple Store on Regent Street in London said I'll get back around 11% while the Apple Store in Leicester's Highcross Shopping Centre said I'll get back the full 20%. So which one is which? Does anyone here have any experiences to share?
  2. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Have you visited the HMRC website?

    A lot more detail Here
  3. solowmodel macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2011
    Whilst VAT is 20% (atm), the actual amount will be much lower after accounting for administration fees and the like.

    You can expect around 10-13% back. Not insignificant!
  4. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2010
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    Thanks for the information guys, but I want to get some first hand experience from people who have wet through this process before. I'm looking for more details.

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