Safe VAT Refund App For Non-EU Travellers, Tax-Free Shopping In France Announced

The newly announced Wevat app allows non-EU residents travelling to France to replace laborious VAT refund documents-filing processes with a digital service that instantly generates a refund upon their departure from the country. Travellers can save up to 13 per cent on their shopping expenses and have their refunds deposited into their bank account, or put toward their credit card, Alipay, or WeChat Pay.

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The VAT, or value-added tax, is charged throughout Europe; however, each country is responsible for setting its own rates. In France, the VAT levied on goods sold and services rendered is 20 per cent. While this tax is charged to everyone shopping in France, non-EU residents are entitled to a refund. With the newly announced Wevat app, travellers get a fast and convenient way of processing the refund they’re owed and can skip lengthy customs lineups and archaic mail-in claims.

Compared to the VAT refund system retailers in France offer, the Wevat app returns up to 23 per cent more tax. And, unlike the traditional paper refund method which requires shoppers spend at least EUR100 per store transaction, Wevat provides refunds on a total spend of EUR100.

Wevat can be downloaded from the Apple store or accessed via Google Play. Once the traveller’s eligibility is confirmed, the app is ready for use. The user simply photographs the receipt they’re issued at the time of payment for their purchases, and the “facture” is then stored on their phone.

Once the traveler is ready to leave France, they simply scan the barcode the app automatically generates at any Wevat-supported departure point. Users can select their preferred currency and will receive a refund within weeks. This process can be monitored using the app’s tracking feature.

There are no partner store restrictions, and a multilingual Wevat support team is available to provide assistance whenever it’s needed. The app can also be used for online shopping in France from any location.

A Wevat user says, “The Wevat app is particularly user-friendly, and includes a visual guide to what to look out for and what to do from the moment you arrive in France until your barcode is generated. It had been a while since I’d travelled to France, but I now realize I should use the app whenever I’m there. Once downloaded, it is always available.”

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