|What methods can foreign travelers choose to claim tax refunds?|
The National Taxation Bureau of the Northern Area, Ministry of Finance (NTBNA, MOF) indicated that foreign travelers who on the same day and from the same authorized TRS-labeled store purchase approved goods worth NT$2,000 or above (VAT-inclusive) are eligible for a VAT refund if departing from the Republic of China (R.O.C.) with the goods within the prescribed period from the purchase date. Foreign travelers can get a VAT refund by using the e-VAT refund machine or claiming at the VAT refund service counter in airports/ports within 90 days from the purchase date. Travelers without a temporary entry permit can use two other methods:
(1) Designated TRS-labeled stores: Travelers can claim a VAT refund at the VAT refund service counters set outside of airports/ports within 20 days before departure.
(2) On-site small-amount VAT refunds: Travelers who purchase goods costing less than NT $24,000 (VAT-inclusive) on the same date in the same qualified on-site small-amount stores can claim a VAT refund on the same purchase date.
In order to provide a better shopping environment, as foreign travelers may choose different ways of claiming VAT refunds for their own needs after May 1st, 2016, the NTBNA suggests that foreign travelers understand the requirements, limits of purchase amount, and specific time limits of the abovementioned tax refunds to protect their own rights.
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