How to Claim a VAT Tax Refund in Chengdu?

Authors: Go Chengdu

2019-03-27

If you are an overseas tourist in Chengdu, before you leave Chengdu, you can get the value-added tax (VAT) refund at the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport on goods you buy in China from shops offering tax-free shopping.
In addition to enjoying scenic sites and the Sichuan Cuisine, you probably buy some local specialties and international brand goods in the city. There are a large number of shops in Chengdu that offer duty-free shopping. The tax refund policy applies to all overseas tourists, including residents from China's Hong Kong and Macao SARs and Taiwan Province who have stayed in the Chinese mainland for less than consecutive 183 days.
There are three steps to claim a VAT refund in Chengdu.
Step One: After having purchased products at a shop which offers tax-free shopping, when checking out, you have to produce your passport and ask shop assistants for the invoice(s) and Refund Application Form for Overseas Visitors (RAFOV).
If you want to claim a VAT refund, you shall meet the following requirements:
1. You should purchase goods worth more than RMB500 at a single duty-free store on the same day;
2. All goods must remain completely intact and unused;
3. All goods must be purchased no more than 90 days before you leave; and,
4. All goods claimed for the VAT refund must be carried with you or checked out with your luggage.
Step Two: Upon departure from Terminal 1 of the airport, you should produce your passport, the invoice(s), RAFOV(s) and the intact goods at the window for the Tax Refund Customs Verification. A customs officer will stamp the form after he/she checks it and verifies that it is correct.
Next, you should check in your baggage at a corresponding counter of your airline.
Step Three: You shall show your passport, the stamped RAFOV(s) and the invoice(s) of the tax refundable goods at the tax refund agency, which is next to Boarding Gate 102 in Terminal 1.
The currency for the rebate is RMB, and you can get the refund in cash when the rebate amount is less than RMB10,000. When it's over RMB10,000, the refund must be made via bank transfer.
In accordance with China national regulations, the total refund rate is 11%, including 9% for overseas tourists and 2% for the tax refund agency.

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