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Tourist tax refund

Hi,

Noted from the tourist refund website that tourists can claim for GST refund. Is the GST refund also available for consummables/groceries that we are bringing back to our home country (eg chocolates etc)?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Tourist tax refund

It's detailed in full here

http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4646.asp

Edited: 7:06 am, December 20, 2012
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2. Re: Tourist tax refund

http://bit.ly/UHTZ6r

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3. Re: Tourist tax refund

There's no GST charged on groceries in Australia, so there's <generally> no refund. However, chocolate is taxed, so if you buy $300 worth in the one purchase and carry it and the invoice with you to the TRS counter; yes, it's refundable.

Best of luck.

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4. Re: Tourist tax refund

You may have several tax invoices and provided those tax invoices are $300 + and provided you have paid GST, you can apply at the TRS for a GST refund.

However I would imagine if you are taking grocery items you would need quite a large carry on bag to put all your items in ... you must be able to take them as carryon and produce ALL the items to the TRS on request ... and IME, they have asked to see all items everytime I have claimed back the GST.

Click on the link provided by Perfectlyperth at post #1 which is really helpful unlike the other link posted later.

Edited: 4:05 pm, December 20, 2012
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5. Re: Tourist tax refund

>>>You may have several tax invoices and provided those tax invoices are $300<<<

Just to clarify, as long as EACH ONE is over $300, and you are taking all the goods with you..

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6. Re: Tourist tax refund

That's right inas66 ... sorry about any confusion about my post

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7. Re: Tourist tax refund

And yes every single item has to be in your carryon and presented at the refund counter. Empty chocolate wrappers do not count !!

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8. Re: Tourist tax refund

And you have to locate the tax claim desk in the airport and have enough time before your flight to stand on the very long, slow line in order to make you take claim. I found the whole thing to be a bit of a hoax really - the hoops you have to jump through to get a little bit of tax back is barely worth it.

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9. Re: Tourist tax refund

You are right Vancouverite about the time taken to get the refund back ... depends on how much you spend as to whethe the time spent "is worth it".

Definitely be there with plenty of time to spare as you will only get a refund if you have more than 20 minutes to board the plane.

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10. Re: Tourist tax refund

are the people who cant be bothered standing in line for a tax refund on departure the same ones who are walking to wolli creek station or taking the 400 bus from T1 on arrival?

;-)