TAX-FREE SHOPPING IN ITALY (I.V.A. Refund)
The tax (VAT) on the purchases you make in
Italy can be 20%, 10% or 4%, depending on what kind of goods you are buying, and it is included in the sales price.
All visitors residing outside of the European Union are entitled to claim back the tax, if they spend 154,94 Euro
(VAT included) or more in one shop in one day (except accommodations, dining or tourist services).
The goods need to be exported within three
months plus the month of purchase. Example: If you make your purchases on April 10th, you must leave the country
no later than July 31st.
The goods purchased and the relevant invoice
must be shown at the Customs of exit from the E.U. territory. The Customs office, after having ascertained that
all the requirements are met endorses the invoice. Note that the goods must be shown at the customs office: if
the traveler intends to carry them by plane, he must go to the Customs office to declare them before checking in
The refund is made directly by the Italian
seller according to the terms agreed with the buyer when the goods were purchased (for example, by credit into
a bank account, credit card, checks, etc.). Alternatively, there are some TAX-FREE companies that can grant immediate
VAT cash refund when the goods leave the Italian or Community territory, i.e. without the passenger to return the
invoice to the seller: however you can use this procedure only at the most important airports or Customs borders.
For further information