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Thread Starter 
so why non-EU visitors don´t have to pay shopping taxes in Europe and citizens in Europe pay taxes while shopping abroad? isn´t it unfair?
Why is that?
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post #3 of 9
I was just in Italy and got tax back. VAT was about 20% and I got about 12% back, which is typical of others countries in my experience. That's 8% of the product price that goes to tax-refund administrative fees. Most US states have sales taxes <= 8%, so if you refunded US sales tax and took away the same amount for fees as in the EU, there would be nothing left to refund.
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Thread Starter 
yes, I know, but why in America they don´t refund you if you are not American?
post #5 of 9
Because life's not fair. You want a free ride, call your Daddy,
post #6 of 9
In many states if you have the items shipped to your home country, you do not need to pay sales tax. That even works if you are a citizen of a state that has no sales tax. If you buy in person and carry the goods out, you are subject to sales taxes.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
do you think that this policy will change soon? as more and more people shop online how is the U.S. government be able to fund itself and basic services for its citizens?
post #8 of 9
Sales tax is levied by the state, not the federal government. The majority of purchases are made in-state, and states are acting to close the "out-of-state" loophole.

Also don't forget that 40%+ of US citizens have no desire for the state or federal government to provide other people with services that other rich countries consider basic. sly.gif
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I think it will be very difficult to raise enough funding, not only in the U.S, but anywhere. Everything is quite globalized.
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