Isn’t it nice to think you could buy yourself some new skis and then be rewarded for that at the airport?
There are a few rules to follow but when you do you can get your GST back on items before you leave the country. Who doesn’t need all the cash they can get before heading overseas? Often buying things here before you go will work out cheaper by the time you get your GST back and consider the Aussie dollar at the moment.
To be eligible to get your money back remember these few things:
- The purchase has to be within 60 days of when you fly out
- The purchase has to be over $300 in total from the one store. It doesn’t matter how many items as long as it is from the same store.
- You have an original tax invoice for the purchase
The goods can be carry on but if it is check in it will need to be verified by an officer at a Client Services counter.
How much will you get back?
The general rule is to divide your total by 11, just remember you have to have spent more than $300 at one store. However, any tax invoice exceeding $1,000 will need to include your address. This isn't normal practice at many stores, so don't get caught out.
How do I actually claim it back?
Head to the TRS facility at the airport with your passport, boarding pass and tax invoice. Give yourself a bit of extra time if there are a lot of flights leaving the line can be long. There is a TRS app now which is meant to make the whole process quick and easy, check that out before you head to the airport.
So next time you’re heading overseas to chase the winter make sure you make your purchases within 60 days of leaving then get your cash back on your way out.
More information about the TRS head to www.border.gov.au
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