Best Tax-Free Shopping Surprises

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Tourist tax refunds are the norm in Europe. But lately they’re popping up in unexpected places. Here’s how to take advantage of tax-free shopping around the world.

Thailand Tax-Free Shopping

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Things to Buy: Tailor-made clothing, silk goods, jewelry.

VAT/GST: 10 percent, included in price.

Minimum Spend: 2,000 baht ($66) in any single store on any given day and a total minimum of 5,000 baht (U.S. $166).

Insider Tip: Small luxury items (watches, jewelry, etc.) valued at more than $330 must be reinspected after immigration check, so don’t pack them in your checked luggage.

Refund on a $500 Purchase: $45.

Read more.

Best Tax-Free Shopping Surprises

Thailand Tax-Free Shopping

Things to Buy: Tailor-made clothing, silk goods, jewelry.

VAT/GST: 10 percent, included in price.

Minimum Spend: 2,000 baht ($66) in any single store on any given day and a total minimum of 5,000 baht (U.S. $166).

Insider Tip: Small luxury items (watches, jewelry, etc.) valued at more than $330 must be reinspected after immigration check, so don’t pack them in your checked luggage.

Refund on a $500 Purchase: $45.

Read more.

Peter Treanor / Alamy
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