VAT refund

  1. vkesavan
    Gingerbread Jun 10, 2014

    vkesavan , Jun 10, 2014 :
    Hi...If I buy the phone UK will one plus give me VAT refund form along with it so I can get refund on the VAT when I fly back to india?

  2. jida
    Honeycomb Jun 10, 2014

    jida , Jun 10, 2014 :
    No. The VAT does not go to OPO, it is tax.

  3. Arrjaan
    Honeycomb Jun 10, 2014

  4. jpswer
    Jelly Bean Jun 10, 2014

  5. AmolS
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 10, 2014

    AmolS , Jun 10, 2014 :
    I think.. You can claim it at the airport after security check and before boarding your flight, but you need to have a valid receipt of the product you bought in UK.

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  6. InGaAs
    Honeycomb Jun 10, 2014

    InGaAs , Jun 10, 2014 :
    Nope. Only way is for you to get it from stores (if they sell them)

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  7. jpswer
    Jelly Bean Jun 10, 2014

    jpswer , Jun 10, 2014 :
    Also I've looked at the HMRC site and it says:

    You can obtain VAT refunds for anything on which you pay VAT in the UK apart from the following:

    • new or used cars
    • a boat you plan to sail to a destination outside the EU
    • goods worth more than £600 exported for business purposes
    • goods to be exported as freight
    • goods that need an export licence - except antiques
    • unmounted gemstones
    • bullion over 125g, 2.75 troy ounces or ten Tolas
    • mail order goods, including Internet sales
    • goods used or partly used in the EU, such as perfume
    • service charges, such as hotel expenses

  8. InGaAs
    Honeycomb Jun 10, 2014

    InGaAs , Jun 10, 2014 :
    Any particular airport you're referring to m8? As far as i know, manchester airport (the one i'm leaving from) has no one at the vat counter. You just slot your vat return forms into a box.

  9. vkesavan
    Gingerbread Jun 10, 2014

    vkesavan , Jun 10, 2014 :
    as per the VAT refund site online purchases also qualifies.
    :( @jpswer thanks for the info....

  10. Quam
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 10, 2014

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  11. jpswer
    Jelly Bean Jun 10, 2014

  12. AmolS
    Ice Cream Sandwich Jun 10, 2014

    AmolS , Jun 10, 2014 :
    I done it at Heathrow airport while returning to India .
    Its valid only for 3-6 months (no sure exactly) after buying any product UK.

    Yeh Manchester doesn't have a VAT counter

  13. extrememonkey
    Honeycomb Jun 10, 2014

    extrememonkey , Jun 10, 2014 :
    There is no VAT or customer paid tax included in the selling price of the OPO.

    OnePlus will pay import tax/duty on the devices they import into a country and have just passed that cost onto the buyer.

    The buyer does not pay any tax as such but covers the cost of OP importing it into said country.

  14. Santhoshvudarla
    Cupcake Jan 20, 2015

    Santhoshvudarla , Jan 20, 2015 :
    if any one purchase phone online how they will get the VAT refund form ?
    EX: if i book one plus tomorrow will i get VAT refund form??

  15. Tentman2
    Froyo Jan 24, 2015

    Tentman2 , Jan 24, 2015 :
    Not sure how you arrive at that conclusion.

    When opo import an item they will pay duty and they will be paying a freight forwarding company to handle the import, there is a vat charge on that, so they are paying vat. I have ordered four phones since October and all have come from a distribution address in southall, I suspect a bonded warehouse. So all sales include vat, opo just choose not give a breakdown. This would explain the difference in price between the USA and the UK.

    I have been requesting their vat number for some time but all I get are political style replies beating around the bush, my last request for a vat number was ignored!

  16. soriful
    Gingerbread Jan 24, 2015

  17. pcmarcel
    Honeycomb Jan 24, 2015

    pcmarcel , Jan 24, 2015 :
    You need to have an invoice, that need to get stamped by customs that you actually are exporting the product outside the UK, to get a VAT refund.
    Then you can ask One+ for a VAT refund, and you need to send them a copy of the stamped invoice for proof.
    1. AFAIK nobody has ever received an invoice from One+
    2. AFAIK the customer service from One+ sucks, so don't expect a refund.

    Time you loose with all this will not be compensated ever by VAT refund.

  18. nilz1k
    Eclair Oct 5, 2015

    nilz1k , Oct 5, 2015 :
    I am also interested in VAT refund since I paln to use my phone for corporate purposes. When the phone enters European Union it has to pass the Customs clearance. I would presume that this happens in the UK, so Oneplus does pay duties + VAT. There is no official way around it. So if VAT was paid on arrival in UK, we should be able to refund it if/when we provide a Customs document (import declaration) which states the amount of VAT paid. Was anyone able to receive this document from Oneplus?

  19. Optimus4deals
    Cupcake Jan 18, 2017

    Optimus4deals , Jan 18, 2017 :
    I just talked to OP customer centre in UK regarding VAT refund. What executive told me is that they cannot provide VAT refund form. The phone cost dont include VAT. It is all at fixed price as quoted on the website. So I dont think VAT refund form can be obtained from OP.

    Secondly HRMC site also mentions that
    You can’t get a VAT refund for:
    • mail order goods, including internet sales, delivered outside of the UK

    without VAT refund form you cannot claim VAT refund at international airports.