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

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    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

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    Have you visited the HMRC website?

    A lot more detail Here
     
  3. solowmodel macrumors 6502

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    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

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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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