Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (158)

Noel Grealish


158. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Finance the amounts refunded to travellers from countries outside of the EU under the retail export scheme in each of the years 2015 to 2018, inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23621/19]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

The Retail Export Scheme allows a tourist or traveller resident outside the European Union (EU) to claim a refund of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) charged on goods purchased in the EU. The goods must be exported from the EU by the tourist or traveller within three months of purchase.

It is the retailer or VAT refund agent who makes the VAT refund to the tourist or traveller rather than Revenue. For this reason, the information requested by the Deputy is not available as the traders involved do not separately distinguish amounts related to the Scheme in their VAT returns.