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Australia Tax-Free Shopping

Oriol Alamany / Alamy

Australia Tax-Free Shopping

Things to Buy: Opal jewelry, Aboriginal art, sheepskin boots.

VAT/GST: 10 percent, included in price. Separate WET (Wine Equalisation Tax) tax on wine, 14.5 percent.

Minimum Spend: AUS $300 (U.S. $300) total in any single store within a 30-day period (no minimum spend required on any single receipt).

Insider Tip: Most countries exclude alcohol from rebates, but the Aussies will refund your tax on wine. So bring some home. In fact, go wild and make it a case.

Refund on a $500 Purchase: $45.

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