(Tourist Refund Scheme) Tax Return Help?

Hi all,

I see comments sometimes referring to tax returns on buying some items when exiting Aus.

Can anyone please shed some light on what this is? How it works, who is eligible? etc.

Many thanks

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  • +4 votes

    tsr - you get gst back

    1. The goods have to be over $300 in value. This can be one item costing over $300, or several products totalling over $300 which have been bought from the same retailer (with the same Australian Business Number).

    2. They have to be bought within 60 days of your departure. So if you’ve got an overseas trip coming up, this could be the right time to buy your new laptop or camera. You can use this gear before you fly – it doesn’t need to stay sitting sealed in the box.

    3. You have to bring the goods to the airport as carry-on baggage. You can’t stow them in your checked luggage. That's because you need to present the gear at the airport TRS office.

    4. You have to bring the invoice with you. There's no special GST refund paperwork or duty-free forms to be issued at the store, just the everyday invoice. However, any tax invoice exceeding $1,000 will need to include your address. This isn't normal practice at many stores, so don't get caught out.

    https://www.ausbt.com.au/travel-trip-how-to-claim-the-trs-ai...

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      Thanks for the info.

      Is it allowed for anyone? Not just tourists?

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        Just make sure you put the items in checked luggage on the return leg.

        • +2 votes

          Thanks, the items are actually presents for people abroad. So wont bring them back with me.

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            @twdnewh: Just for people who find this forum asking the same question and bringing back with them, if over $900, you will need to declare it, even though you have a bigger allowance from other people travelling with you. You will be required to pay the tax back if it exceeds your tax allowance ($900 for adults, $450 for children, can combine). I am not too sure if it is $1000 and only 1 adult is travelling if you will have to pay 10% on $100 or the whole amount ($1000). Please do not take my word for it and contact TRS if you are unsure but for everything except paying tax on the way back, I am quite sure.

    • -1 vote

      I always thought the product must be sealed to be eligible for TSR ?

    • +1 vote

      3.You have to bring the goods to the airport as carry-on baggage. You can’t stow them in your checked luggage. That's because you need to present the gear at the airport TRS office.

      Correction, if item is too big you can always show it to airline check in officer, receipt will be stamped. Take the receipt to TRS to claim tax.

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        You can put in your checked baggage too. There is a separate TRS counter for checked baggage. The Customs Officer will sight the goods and stamp the corresponding invoice. You then present that stamped invoice at the regular TRS counter past the security/departure processing. I did that in January at the Melbourne airport. I claimed on my travel bags itself!!

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