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A VAT Refund Guide to 

South Korea

How to get VAT Refunds from South Korea for your business

Businesses registered in countries outside of South Korea can claim VAT refunds on any costs incurred in South Korea.
The below information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund. This includes claimable expense types, South Korea VAT rates, deadlines and claiming periods.

Where is your company based?

EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses in an EU member state are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from South Korea under the EU VAT Refund Directive.

NON-EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses outside of the European Union are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from South Korea under the 13th Directive.

Which countries have reciprocity with South Korea?

Austria , Australia, Belgium , Canada, Denmark , Finland , France, Germany, Hong Kong , Iceland, Japan , Ireland, Israel, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States, and United Arab Emirates

For a more detailed explanation on what reciprocity means within the scope of VAT, click here:

What expenses are claimable in South Korea?

ENTERTAINMENT & HOSPITALITY

Entertainment

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Hotels & Accommodation

10%
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Restaurants

0%

EVENTS

Conferences, Trade Shows & Exhibitions

10%

Training Courses & Seminars

10%

GENERAL EXPENSES

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Goods

10%

Inter-company charges

10%

Office Expenses

10%
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Marketing Costs

10%

Professional Fees & AP invoices

10%

TRAVEL RELATED

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Car Rental

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Fuel

0%
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Public Transport

0%
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Taxis

0%

Additional Information

How far back can your business claim VAT from South Korea?
5 years in retrospective filing allowed from previous year
What’s the foreign VAT deadline in South Korea?
30 June of each year (Within 6 months of the end of the calendar year in which the tax was incurred). Please note that South Korea 13th Claims are submitted electronically and therefore a Web Portal registration is required
How long does it take to receive a VAT refund from South Korea?

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