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VAT Refund

All foreign tourists outside the EU are entitled to claim the value added tax (VAT). In the Czech Republic, the VAT is either 20 % or 10 % of the total amount paid for the goods.

Visitors from outside the EU are entitled to get a refund of the VAT paid on goods they have purchased during their stay in the EU provided that the goods are produced to Customs on departure from the EU together with the VAT refund documents. These documents are normally prepared by the merchant from whom the goods have been purchased, and the refund is made directly by the merchant. There are commercial firms that can act as agents for the merchants (e.g. Global Blue, Premier Tax Free) . Generally, merchants or the commercial companies charge for this service by making a deduction from the refund. As the refund scheme is voluntary, travellers should check that the merchant participates in the scheme before the goods are purchased.

Conditions:

Visitors must provide proof of their residence status (e.g. non-EU passport)
Goods must be exported from the EU within 3 months of their purchase
Minimum value of purchases to qualify for refund (CZK 2,000 in the Czech Republic)

Important notice:

Neither the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles nor the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C. validate the VAT refund forms or refund the VAT.

For more detail information, you may contact the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic.

Tax refund agents:

Global Blue
Web: www.global-blue.com
Tel: 1 866 706 6090
Email: taxfree@global-blue.com

Premier Tax Free
Web: www.premiertaxfree.com
Tel: 00420 222 250 263
Email: info@cz.premiertaxfree.com