Tourists to Singapore will now find it much easier to reclaim tax on their shopping. In partnership with Global Blue, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has developed a new Electronic Tourist Refund Scheme (eTRS), which will facilitate tax rebates for airline passengers and retailers.
The electronic government service tax (GST) refund system links up multiple Central Refund Agencies and independent retailers on a common platform to provide foreign travellers with automated GST refunds.
International shoppers can choose a credit card as a token to which all their purchase details will be tagged automatically. They will then have to present the same token at the eTRS self-help kiosk at the airport and receive GST refund directly credited into the same credit card account. As opposed to the previous system, the electronic end-to-end system does not require retailers and customers to fill out tax refund forms.