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A VAT Refund Guide to 

Sweden

How to get VAT Refunds from Sweden for your business

Businesses registered in countries outside of Sweden can claim VAT refunds on any costs incurred in Sweden.
The below information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund. This includes claimable expense types, Sweden 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 Sweden 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 Sweden under the 13th Directive.

Which countries have reciprocity with Sweden?

All countries can claim

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

What expenses are claimable in Sweden?

ENTERTAINMENT & HOSPITALITY

Entertainment

25%, 12% & 6%
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Hotels & Accommodation

12% & 25%
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Restaurants

10%

EVENTS

Conferences, Trade Shows & Exhibitions

25%

Training Courses & Seminars

25%

GENERAL EXPENSES

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Goods

25%

Inter-company charges

25%

Office Expenses

25%
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Marketing Costs

15%

Professional Fees & AP invoices

25%

TRAVEL RELATED

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Car Rental

25%
50% is claimable
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Fuel

25%
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Public Transport

6%
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Taxis

12%

Additional Information

How far back can your business claim VAT from Sweden?
January to December of the previous year
What’s the foreign VAT deadline in Sweden?
30 June of each year (Within 6 months of the end of the calendar year in which the tax was incurred)
How long does it take to receive a VAT refund from Sweden?
Depending on the complexity of your application and the capacity at the VAT authority, it can take up to 3 months for EU businesses and up to 6 months for Non-EU businesses to receive a VAT refund from Sweden

Need help with your VAT refund from Sweden?

You don’t have to do this alone. We’ve been helping companies reclaim foreign VAT refunds for over 20 years. We have the knowledge and technology to process your refunds quicker as well as attend to any unforeseen VAT authority queries that may arise.

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