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Here's what to do when you've exported movable goods through inland border posts

by , 18 September 2013
If you want to stay in SARS' good books, you must comply with the Vat Act when you export movable goods through inland border posts. But how do you do this correctly? Read on to find out...

If you've recently exported movable goods through inland border posts, there's a procedure you must comply with to account for Vat.

Are you aware of the procedure you must comply with when you export movable goods through inland border posts?

Step #1: Declare the goods at South African Customs first.

'The goods against which you want to claim a Vat refund must be declared to SA Customs in accordance with the Customs legislation and relevant procedures,' says the Practical Vat Loose Leaf Service.

Step #2: Declare the goods at the export country's Customs too.

You must also declare goods to the Customs authority in the country to which you're exporting them in accordance with that country's customs and excise formalities.

Step #3: Apply for your Vat refund.

After you've declared the movable goods to both Customs administrations and exported, only then can you, as a qualifying buyer, apply for a Vat refund.

Attach the following documents to your Vat refund application.

Here's a checklist of the five documents to attach to your application

  • The original tax invoice/s for which the Vat refund is claimed;
  • Proof that the goods were declared to RSA Customs authorities;
  • Proof that the goods were declared in the country to which they were exported;
  • A copy of the qualifying purchaser's passport reflecting entry and exit from the RSA;
  • An address to which the Vat refund payment should be sent once approved.

In the case of claims by a foreign enterprise (business) the following documents must also be submitted:

  • The certificate of incorporation, trading licence or similar proof of registration;
  •  A letter of authorisation on the foreign enterprise's letterhead authorising an individual person to lodge the claim on its behalf;
  • A copy of the authorised person's passport.

You may post your Vat refund claims to:

VAT Refund Administrator (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 107
O R Tambo International Airport
1627
South Africa;

Or use the physical address to courier the parcel to:

206/1 High Road
Bredell
Kempton Park
1619

Or,

VAT Refund Administrator (Pty) Ltd
4th Floor Old Sanlam Building
Dr Frans Indongo Street
Windhoek
Namibia.

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