Taxes & Refunds
Value-added tax (known as davek na dodano vrednost or DDV in Slovenia) is applied to the purchase of most goods and services at a standard rate of 22% (eg on alcoholic drinks, petrol and so on) and a reduced rate of 9.5% (eg on accommodation, food, books, museum entrance fees etc). It is usually included in the quoted price of goods but not always.
Visitors who are not residents of the European Union can claim refunds on total purchases of €50 (not including tobacco products or spirits) issued on one or more receipts by the same retailer/shop on the same day as long as they take the goods out of the country (and the EU) within three months. In order to make the claim, you must have a DDV-VP form or Tax Refund Cheque correctly filled out by the salesperson at the time of purchase and have it stamped by a Slovenian customs officer at the border. You can then collect your refund – minus handling fee – from selected offices or have it deposited into your credit-card account. For more information see the Global Blue (www.globalblue.com) website.