VAT return when purchasing an ipad2 in UK

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  1. 4004 macrumors member

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    Hi
    I am planning to travel to Brighton, UK in summer and because there are no apple resellers in my counrty, I would like to get an ipad2 from apple store(or its online counterpart, just for the sake of engraving)
    The questions is whether I will be able to get a VAT(20%) refund at the airport when leaing the UK if I buy it at their online store or at the local apple store? It's not clear at the apple website
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    Take a look here. Its specific to your current situation.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    As long as you get the VAT receipt wherever you buy the iPad from you will be able to claim the refund.
     
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    Stop Press

    http://store.apple.com/uk/help/payments (This may only be with the online store though)
     
  5. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Bear in mind even if you do get a VAT refund it won't be the full 20%.
     
  6. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, so no vat return for online store as I understand it, but there is a possibility they return it with their local stores
     
  7. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    Even if it's 15%, it's still a big deal of money
     
  8. raymanster macrumors 6502

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    Or you could just buy it at the airport on your way home? The big airports like Heathrow and Gatwick both have a Currys (well known electrical retailer) in their terminals. You might want to phone them first to make sure they have it in stock.
     
  9. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Vat returns in the UK are not handled in the store they are handled at the airport. There is a special VAT office after you go through Immigration. You need to have the item you purchased and the original receipt showing the Vat.

    You take it to the Vat counter and you get the refund there and then. The procedure is very simple.

    The information provided in post 2 is accurate.
     
  10. 4004, May 26, 2011
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    4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    the question is not where I can return the VAT, but if they provide the VAT receipt when you purchase it through their online store
    I may also have a look at some retailers at the airport, but ipads can be out of stock there
     
  11. RS232 macrumors regular

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    You can not claim back VAT from items purchased from the on-line store... No VAT receipt.
     
  12. Phil Lee macrumors 6502

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    Not true. Whenever I've bought something from the Apple UK website I've always been sent an email invoice. This includes the Apple UK VAT registration number so is a valid VAT receipt.
     
  13. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    and you were able to claim that vat?
    engraving is no big deal, but looks neat
     
  14. ACDeag macrumors regular

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    Just having a receipt does not entitle you to get the VAT back, the retailer needs to be part of the retail export scheme.

    More info here: http://bit.ly/kB6Xu6

    You could buy an iPad from a department store such as John Lewis or from Currys electrical stores and they are I believe both part of the Retail Export scheme.
     
  15. 4004 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok, thank you all, will try to orientate when I'm in the Uk, question closed
     
  16. Bradhiduk macrumors newbie

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    Apple UK are in the VAT Retail Export Scheme

    If you are a non-UK resident you can buy at Apple. You MUST get a VAT Retail Export Schem receipt, not just the normal VAT receipt. This is printed electronically at the Apple store on prduction of your passport.
    At the airport show the goods and receipt at the VAT desk. They stamp it and you post it back in the freepost envelopes provided. It goes to a company that processes these claims, they take a commission. Then the refund is credited to the bank card used to make the payment. I have done this with an iphone. I should have also done it with a Macbook Air which I bought at Dubai Duty free before I new that Apple were in the VAT retail export scheme.
    Not sure of refund process is you buy the goods with cash.
     
  17. virginblue4 macrumors 68000

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    You are 3 years too late.... :rolleyes:
     

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