I know how it is. You have this addiction that you just can’t shake right? We all love shopping on Amazon and for some things it really is a life saver over here in Europe. The only issue is waiting for you packages to arrive via APO. Bummer dude. The good news is that you can shop on Amazon.de for almost all of the same things (sometimes even a little more) and still use your VAT forms to shop tax free!
I know what you are thinking, why shop on Amazon.de when you can shop in USD on Amazon.com? Well the answer is sometimes those things you buy can be even cheaper if you purchase them on Amazon.de and use a VAT form. For example, I was recently looking at new Nikon DSLR cameras. When I compare the average price on Amazon.com which ran around $2000.00 to the price on Amazon.de which is approximately 1500 EUR. If you take the tax out of that 1500 EUR you are down to 1319 EUR. Even converting that back into USD I still save a few hundred dollars! Another plus to ordering from Amazon.de is that you can order directly to your German residence and take advantage of all that speedy delivery you knew and loved back home.
So how do you go about getting your tax money back from Amazon.de? They make it very simple for you. Once you order and receive your item with take the ORIGINAL receipt you find in the box and mail it back to Amazon along with a completed VAT form. Once they receive the form they will refund the tax amount back to your account and send you your stamped and completed pages of the VAT form. It really can’t be any more simple than that. You don’t need to send anything else. Just your original receipt and the VAT form. I have added the address below for easy reference. I have also linked the Amazon.de page with all the pertinent information.
VAT Form Program Address
Im Gewerbepark D 55