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Claiming VAT from a BFPO delivery.

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willrunciwillrunci Forumite
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Hello, 

Recently ordered an iPad Pro and accessories from JD Williams to a BFPO address in Brunei. They do not refund the VAT but have supplied me with a VAT Receipt, is there a way i can claim this back from HMRC?

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  • edited 11 February at 12:39AM
    oldbikeblokeoldbikebloke Forumite
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    edited 11 February at 12:39AM
    shame you did not push harder for them to zero rate it in the first place as that is the correct process
    https: //www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/vat-exports-of-goods-from-the-uk/vexp50600

    everything i have read says you cannot get a refund for mail order goods after the event 
    To claim a refund (vat refund retail export scheme) you have to export them in person as your own baggage and get paperwork stamped by HMRC at the airport as you pass through it 
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  • cheeky-peachcheeky-peach Forumite
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    Future ref... anything from Amazon, sold by Amazon can get VAT claimed back if you email them your order number. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201895950
  • edited 17 May at 7:56AM
    SidneySmuttSidneySmutt Forumite
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    edited 17 May at 7:56AM
    Back in the day (80’s) serving at AFNORTH. I got heavily in to Video editing. The kit was eye wateringly expensive. 

    When I ordered expensive Titling software for my genlocked Amiga 500 or very expensive editing VCR’s (needed two of them - sigh). 

    I ordered via letter, wrote that this was a BFPO VAT free destination. Deducted the VAT from the UK price. Sent the order / cheque. Never had an issue with VAT or Customs. Kit arrived OK. 

    Of course this was in the days before the internet. 
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    https://www.gov.uk/tax-on-shopping/taxfree-shopping

    Goods you cannot get a refund for

    You cannot get a VAT refund for:

    • mail order goods, including internet sales, delivered outside of the UK
  • bhughes1986bhughes1986 Forumite
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    Amazon regularly refund the VAT for items sent to BFPO addresses. I’ve done it many times, iPads and all.
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    OP isn't coming back.
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    sheramber said:

    https://www.gov.uk/tax-on-shopping/taxfree-shopping

    Goods you cannot get a refund for

    You cannot get a VAT refund for:

    • mail order goods, including internet sales, delivered outside of the UK

    A BFPO address is "NOT" outside of the UK. Child Benefit etc is still paid etc..
  • peteukpeteuk Forumite
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    sheramber said:

    https://www.gov.uk/tax-on-shopping/taxfree-shopping

    Goods you cannot get a refund for

    You cannot get a VAT refund for:

    • mail order goods, including internet sales, delivered outside of the UK

    A BFPO address is "NOT" outside of the UK. Child Benefit etc is still paid etc..
    For VAT Brunei BFPO is outside of the EU, with most companies refunding the VAT if they are based in the EU and shipping to Brunei.  They usually ask for you to wait until the item has been dispatched (Amazon) or received.  As the OP has found some companies do not understand this and push you to claim it back via other means, some will remove the VAT at source.   
    Below is taken from the government web page. 
    "Supplies via the BFPO service to British forces personnel based outside the VAT territory of the EU are eligible for zero rating provided that the supplier holds"
    https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/vat-exports-of-goods-from-the-uk/vexp50600

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