A Saving Hack You Probably Didn’t Know About : Shopping Tax-free


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A Saving Hack You Probably Didn’t Know About : Shopping Tax-free
By ZappTax

Do you live in the UK and are going to France? Be aware that anyone residing outside the European Union is entitled to a refund of VAT on all purchases made in France and brought back in their personal baggage to their country of residence. Also known as tax-free shopping. For your next trip don’t forget to download ZappTax, the mobile app that helps you to simply recover the VAT on all your purchases!

To take advantage of this, you must:

  • Reside outside the European Union
  • Bring back to the UK all the purchases – these should be unused and not consumed.

Since 2017, tax-free shopping has become easy with the use of the ZappTax mobile app. Gone are the cumbersome administrative procedures!

Tax-free shopping with ZappTax?

ZappTax is a French-Belgian start-up approved by the French tax and customs authorities (among others). Offering a digital tax-free solution based on a simple and intuitive smartphone app, the service has a 24/7 chat customer support available.

Valid on all purchases in France, Spain and Belgium in over one million stores, the solution is also usable for all your online purchases.

While the traditional tax-free process used to be complex, ZappTax offers a simplified, fast service that provides a refund of up to 90% of the VAT, which made it already reach over 60,000 users.

4 myths about tax-free shopping and the reality of facts:

  • Myth No. 1:

“I can only tax-free my purchases in stores that provide me with a tax-free form… tax-free shopping is rarely offered in stores in the provinces and smaller cities.”

FALSE: With ZappTax, you can purchase tax-free in all stores in France, that is in more than 600,000 retail outlets throughout the country. Moreover, ZappTax also works for all your online purchases.

  • Myth No. 2:

“I must meet a minimum amount per store and per day.”

FALSE: By choosing ZappTax, you enjoy shopping without any minimum amount per store and per day. However, the total amount of purchases made during the overall trip must be more than €100.

  • Myth No. 3:

“I have to fill out a lot of papers in order to shop tax-free.”

FALSE: Nothing could be easier with the ZappTax app.

The procedure in a few steps:

  • Download the app on your mobile.
  • Request invoices in the name of ZappTax when making your purchases, take photos of these invoices and upload them to the app.
  • Before leaving France, generate in some clicks your tax-free form and then, validate them directly from your smartphone by scanning the barcodes of the forms at a PABLO terminal at the airport.
  • Myth No. 4:

“I can’t reach a support service to help me claim the VAT on my purchases.”

FALSE: ZappTax provides 24/7 support through an integrated messaging system within the app and local phone numbers to answer all your questions.

That’s it! ZappTax take care of the rest. For more information, consult our FAQ.

The app is available on the App Store and Google Play

Lead photo credit : Photo by Tristan Colangelo on Unsplash

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