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Tax refund for purchases in USA?

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Tax refund for purchases in USA?

I am from UK and will be visiting USA later this year.

In UK all overseas customers can get Value added tax(VAT)17.5% refunded on any purchases at departure.

Is there any similar scheme in USA as well where I can claim a refund on local tax paid for any purchases?

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1. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

Afraid not - while some countries use the concept of Value Added Tax, in the US taxes on purchases are considered Sales Taxes and are not refundable. The only exceptions will be duty free stores in the airport terminal etc.

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2. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

Look at it this way: The sales tax you pay gives you the "free" services available to you when you are here. The Police, firefighters, clean drinking water, sewers. You are actually getting a value for your taxes paid. Chuck...

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3. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

We do not have high VAT, although in California the nonrefundable sales tax is approaching 10%.

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4. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

Thank you for the replies.

BTW: Clean roads etc are expected in USA or do local residents have other experiences??? ;-)

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5. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

Roads are clean, that's where the taxes go to.,.

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6. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

I do remember reading that there is a refund available for purchases in the state of Louisiana.

You would have to google to find out the particulars before planning any major purchase there.

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7. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

Yep - all sales taxes are state, county, and city taxes. Some states have no sales tax and in states with sales tax, the rate varies by county and sometimes city. The rate will range between about 5-10%.

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8. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

Effective July 1, 2009, the sales tax in Los Angeles will be 9.75%. If you go to the suburbs of South Gate or Pico Rivera, the tax is 10.75%. No refunds of tax for visitors.

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9. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

You used to be ablt to get a discount card in Macy's, if you took your passport to the Visitor's Centre. Not sure if they still do this but when I last went to the US, I believe the discount was 11%, therefore slightly more than the sales tax.

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10. Re: Tax refund for purchases in USA?

Macy's is still doing this. Even on already reduced items, one of the best deals in town!