Taxes & Refunds

Mehrwertsteuer (MWST; value-added tax) in Austria is 20% for most goods (included in the price). Look for shops with a ‘Global Refund Tax Free Shopping’ sticker to reclaim about 13% on single purchases over €75 (by non-EU citizens/residents); see www.globalrefund.com. Refund desks are at department stores Gerngross and Steffl (Vienna) and Kastner & Öhler (Graz), as well as Vienna and Salzburg airports. It’s best to claim refunds before leaving the country.