Those of you purchasing electronic goods from websites that are located
in the UK should be able to save the 17.5% VAT if included in the price.
Example: I buy a TV that costs 329 British Pounds with VAT and Shipping.
If I purchase this over the internet from outside the UK, the
real price is 329 - VAT (49) or 280 British Pounds ( about $550 USD )
There is plenty of information online about VAT refunds.
I have purchased goods and services in the UK over the Internet/mail/phone and have been charged VAT. Is this correct/can I reclaim the VAT?
Answer: Most goods and services in the UK incur VAT. Goods which are forwarded overseas are generally NOT subject to VAT and as such the current 17.5% should not be levied. It is a good idea to confirm all proposed charging arrangements with the provider of the goods prior to shipment. I f you feel that VAT has been incorrectly charged then in the first instance the supplier should be contacted. More information may obtained directly from Customs and Excise directly. The British High Commission has no role in VAT reclaim procedures.