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Yes, there are certain restrictions, such as goods "consumed" while in Canada. But you can submit on leaving at any duty-free shop. It doesn't have to be mailed. They give people a brochure on the way in explaining the process at most land and air customs offices. Art Laurie Solomon wrote: > One correction Art. In each of my last several visits to Canada, I found > that the refund of VAT to tourists (i.e., visitors) does not apply to > everything but only to some things; there are a set of resrictions and > conditions. It does not cover, for example, VAT taxes on food purchased in > restaurants or if the total taxes are less than a given amount. Moreover, > one has to apply for a refund of the taxes after one has left the country > using a special form filled out and submitted to a given location by a given > deadline. Thus, the visitor must know about the refund policy and know to > get the form and save all one's receipts (since a requirement is that one > submit the original receipts with the application for it to be valid). It > should also be known that if the application and original receipts are lost > in the mail; the Canadian Govt. assumes no responsibility and the submitter > is just out of luck unless they can get duplicate original receipts from > those from whom the purchase was originally made ( good luck on that one > except possible with hotels and airlines). > > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.