France VAT Refund App: Detaxe Solution For International Travellers Announced

The newly announced app-based detaxe service is set to revolutionize the way international travellers to France claim their VAT refunds. Wevat transforms a previously onerous paper-based filing process into a three-step digital service. The app eliminates the need for forms filing and customs lineups by storing all purchase receipt information on the traveller’s phone for a tap-and-go refund at the end of their trip.

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The VAT, or Value-Add Tax, is charged throughout Europe. The rate in France is 20 percent, however, international travellers are entitled to a refund on these charges. With their newly announced app-based detaxe solution, Wevat gives international travellers to France an easy and reliable way to recoup up to 13 percent of the VAT they were charged while in the country.

“With our app, travellers can skip the lineups and the paperwork with one-tap technology that instantly generates their refund. It’s safe, secure, and easy,” says Raphael Chow, co-founder and CEO of Wevat.

Wevat can be downloaded from the Apple store or accessed via Google Play. The company employs strict security and data encryption measures to protect personal information and prevent unauthorised access.

Using the app is a three-step process. Upon payment of purchases, travellers request their receipt (or ‘facture’ as it’s known in France) which is photographed and uploaded for storage. When it’s time to leave the country, the app generates a barcode that summarizes all VAT information which the user taps at a Wevat-supported kiosk at their airport or train station departure point. The refund process is then generated.

Wevat provides a 23 percent higher refund than what in-store providers offer, and travellers can spend as little or as much as they like per shopping trip. As long as purchases amount to at least EUR100 in total, the traveller is entitled to a tax refund.

Refunds can be requested in one of 50 different currencies and are deposited as directed by the user into either their bank account, or put toward a credit card, Alipay, or WeChat Pay. Travellers can monitor their refunds using the app’s tracking feature. Should they have any questions, a multi-lingual support team is available 24/7 to help.

Wevat is committed to providing a trustworthy and secure detaxe service to its users. With the latest in encryption technology and streamlined interface, users benefit from an easy, safe, and convenient VAT refund process.

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