What can be recovered

The usual services on which VAT can be reclaimed include:

  • Travel expenses such as hotels, meals and car rental  
  • Conferences
  • Training sessions/courses
  • Exhibitions/trade fairs, consulting fees and marketing (varies from country to country)

Overview VAT table for companies in Switzerland Download

Overview VAT table for companies in Liechtenstein Download

Additional countries with reciprocal rights: Bahrain, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Malta, Macedonia, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates

Additional countries with no reciprocal rights, but refund possible: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, New Zealand

Submission deadlines


Submission deadlines for applicants based in Switzerland

Different deadlines for the respective authorities apply to applicants from non-EU countries like Switzerland. These must be observed, as an application that is filed late is strictly rejected by the authorities and the VAT is therefore «lost» as a result.

The following list gives an overview of when the authorities must receive the VAT applications by at latest:

30 June deadline for receipt by the authorities

  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Latvia
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Norway
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Serbia
  • Sweden
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • The Netherlands*

30 September deadline for receipt by the authorities

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain

31 December deadline for receipt by the authorities

  • Cyprus
  • Great Britain
  • Iceland*

Special regulations*

  • Canada (1 year from the date of invoice)
  • Iceland (6 years retrospectively)
  • Australia (4 years retrospectively)
  • Netherlands (5 years retrospectively after initial application possible) 


Submission deadlines for applicants based in the EU

Companies based in the EU can submit their claim from the above countries by the 30th of September, i.e. they have to file it with the authorities nine months after the end  of the calender year (with the exception of the special regulations that apply to Canada and Australia).

Swiss applications must be submitted to the authorities no later than six months after the end of the calendar year, i.e. submitted by the 30th of June.

VAT news

We will keep you informed on all the news and changes from the «world of VAT»:

Switzerland: New VAT rates from 01.01.2018: 7.7% (standard rate), 3.7% (hotel)

Norway: VAT rate increased from 10% to 12% (reduced rate) per 01.01.2018

Romania: VAT rate reduced from 20% to 19% per 01.01.2017

Greece: VAT rate increased from 23% to 24% per 01.06.2016

Iceland: Deadline: 31 December (application 6 years retrospectively possible)

Norway: VAT rate increased from 8% to 10% (reduced rate) per 01.01.2016

Austria: New reduced VAT rate of 13% per 01.01.2016

Serbia: VAT recovery possible since 01.01.2016 (invoices issued 2015)

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VAT recovery also possible in: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Malta, Montenegro and New Zealand