- Sep 28, 2008
I abbreviated my response earlier... it should also be pointed out that a standard cash register receipt is not good enough if you purchase item(s) over $1000 on one receipt. The retailer must issue you a receipt with the name and address of the passport holder claiming the refund. e.g. if you buy an iPhone from Officeworks you need to stop the cashier before they process the purchase and tell them you will be making a TRS claim, they then enter your name and address to their system as they process the purchase and the receipt comes out in an acceptable format.The Sing and Msia prefer shopping in Thai
And it has to be the actual invoice, not a duplicate invoice.
Aussies also need to be aware they if you take very expensive items worth more than $1000 out of the country, claim the GST back on departure and then reenter the country with the item(s) substantially worth the same amount (e.g. jewellery) then they may be hit for tax on the way back in for any value over your limit of $900.
Many items however (e.g. phones, laptops, shavers, clothing) are deemed to have depreciated after becoming "used/secondhand" on an extended overseas trip and are allowed back in without penalty.
It pays to read the rules