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Does anyone have experience/know about VAT tax refund, specifically in Mexico?


I am getting charged VAT tax for basically everything about my wedding- venue, food, entertainment, etc


Anyone know if this will be able to be refunded?



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This is a tax through the Government and is standard in many international destinations, not just Mexico.

There is a process for getting the tax refunded - it needs to be followed exactly with all the stipulations met.

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yes I am aware of what it is, my question was more about how to go about it being refunded and also if these wedding related things would qualify

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My experience has always been that the tax being refunded is only on goods that you're returning home with. As long as you're in the country, you're subject to the taxes as demanded by the state. I know when I go home to the UK, I can get VAT refunded but only on goods returning to Canada with me, not on activities that have been conducted while in the UK and even then it has to be over certain amounts and certain types of goods.


I found this when I went searching:



Question: What is the tourist tax refund and how do I get one?

The Mexican government is in the process of instituting a program for reimbursing the tax on products foreign tourists purchase during their visit to Mexico. Read on to find out if you are eligible, and how to go about claiming the tax refund for tourists to Mexico.


Eligibility for tax refund

To be eligible for the tax refund, you must have spent at least 1200 pesos on Mexican goods - there's no refund for services, so hotel and food expenses do not apply - and you must return to your country by sea or air. Each receipt that you present must be for at least 1200 pesos (individual items may cost less, but the complete purchase at the store must be for at least that amount). If the purchase was paid for in cash, the refund will not surpass 3000 pesos. Purchases must be made in stores and establishments that are affiliated with the tax reimbursement program in order to qualify.


Procedure for obtaining a refund

To obtain the refund, on the day of your departure you must visit one of the tax refund kiosks located at certain airports throughout Mexico (see below), and hand in the reimbursement request form completely filled out, with banking information (name of bank and account number). You must present your passport, immigration form (such as a tourist card), plane ticket, purchase receipts, and bring along the goods purchased to be verified.

You will receive 50% of the reimbursement (up to 10 000 pesos) in cash, and the other 50% will be refunded through electronic transfer to your bank account within 40 days. The companies which process the tax refunds charge a 35% fee of the total tax refund.


Tax refund kiosks are available at airports in the following destinations: Acapulco, Cancún, Cozumel, Guadalajara, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Monterrey, and Puerto Vallarta.



I also found this when I searched for info:






Good luck!

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@jabbott  It would be easy enough to find out online, but from what I understand the same rule applies. You cannot claim back costs on your wedding. It's considered services completed within the country you're visiting. It's only on goods that are returning with you to your country of origin.

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