Non-EU nationals to get faster VAT refunds on items bought in Malta

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Non-EU nationals to get faster VAT refunds on items bought in MaltaNon-EU nationals will be receiving their VAT refund on items bought in Malta in a more expeditious way, thanks to an agreement signed today at the Ministry for Finance.

The Ministry said that through this agreement, international tax free shopping operator Fintrax Group will be setting up an office under the brand Premier Tax Free at Malta International Airport, in order to provide an improved service.

Currently, the processing of such refunds involves a great deal of bureaucracy, whereby processing is currently taking over six months to complete.

Following the issuance of a legal notice in 2015, Fintrax Group was selected following an international request for proposals, the Ministry said.

Premier Tax Free will be vetting applications for and issuing refunds, marketing the scheme to non-residents and local retail outlets, as well as providing a scheme to retailers to participate in international marketing of the VAT Refund Scheme.

Fintrax Group is one of the world’s leading tax free shopping companies with over 30 years’ experience. Through Premier Tax Free it provides refund services to international shoppers via hundreds of refund points spanning across 31 countries.

Minister for Finance Edward Scicluna said that, “thanks to this agreement, the government will be seeking to attract more business to our retail outlets and continue in its drive to eliminate bureaucracy.”

Photograph: DOI/Omar Camilleri

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