How to Get the VAT Back

Save over 10% on Large Purchases in Europe

Get the VAT backTravelers are always looking for ways to save money and I have a tip for you today that will put more money in your pocket without sacrificing luxury or comfort.  If you follow my tip, it won't take much time at all to save this money.

The VAT (Value Added Tax) is a hidden surcharge (about 20%) already added on to just about every retail item sold. For large purchases (over €175) on items like jewelry, clothes, antiques, or artwork, a buyer may get at least a partial refund (about 12%) of the VAT.  The eligible purchase(s) can consist of multiple items totaling more than the threshold amount, but they must be made from the same store on the same day.

Check out my blog post to find out how to save the VAT.

Sunday, April 3, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1133)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
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Top Ten Ways to Save Money (and Time) in Europe

Save Money and Time Without Sacrificing Luxury or Comfort

save money in europeEveryone wants to go to Paris, London, Italy, Spain, Norway and just about everywhere else in Europe. And everyone wants to save money.  However, they don't want to go through great pains to save a few euros.   In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor shows his top ten ways to save money on your next tour to Europe.

Thursday, October 29, 2015/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1774)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
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How to Get the VAT Back

You Can Get Money Back on Your Paris Purchases

Get the #VAT backI am leaving for a tour of Paris tomorrow.  Although I don't expect to make too many large purchases there, you might be on your next tour of Paris.   In Paris, a surcharge called the VAT is added to most purchases.   Since it is about 20% of the purchase price, it can be a significant amount, especially if making large purchases.   So, how do you get the VAT back on a purchase in Paris?  Check out today's Paris blog post.

Friday, July 25, 2014/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (2723)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.0
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«January 2020»

Who Traveled With Us in 2019

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26 Places to Eat in Paris

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A Visit with Vincent Van Gogh in Auvers

Day trip to Auvers from Paris

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What to Do in Paris the 2nd Time You Go

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