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Costs and Taxes in Europe


Costs and Taxes in Europe

The EU is generally expensive for most visitors. When buying souvenirs, it costs substantially less to purchase from smaller stalls than the stores affiliated with to larger establishments. As for dining, most service items that are complimentary in your home country (e.g. water, bread) may not be so in the continent. However most goods and services offered in the region are required to include value added tax (VAT) in their published prices, especially the large print. The VAT is refundable if you are a non-resident and intend to export the good you purchased outside the EU, just make sure you request for a voucher from the store and show them to customs at your exit point. To be safe, be on the lookout for a VAT refund sticker at the door or window of the store.

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