Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shop from Amazon, Ship to the Philippines, Get Tax Refund

Do you know that when you shop from Amazon US and have the items shipped to the Philippines via freight forwarding service such as Shipping Cart, My Shopping Box, Jinio or Johnny Air Cargo, you are eligible to get tax refund? That's right, whatever tax Amazon has charged you during checkout, you can request for refund once your items have been shipped to the Philippines. All you have to do is send a sales tax refund request email containing the Bill of Lading or Air Waybill (from the freight forwarder) to

You can find more details here.

Just note that tax refund can only be requested for orders made within one year from the date of request. To give you an idea on the amount that will be refunded, view your order details and check the amount next to "Estimated tax to be collected".

Tax Refund Request Email Format

Below is the format of the email I sent to Amazon earlier this month when I requested for tax refund for my 3 previous orders. For easier processing, I sent one request email per order.

Email Subject: Request for Sales Tax Refund

I would like to request for sales tax refund for my order that was delivered to California but was intended for shipment to the Philippines with the following details:
Name: <Specify your registered name in Amazon>
Email Address: <Specify your email address>
Order# <Specify your Amazon Order Number>
Sales Tax Amount: <Specify the value next to "Estimated tax to be collected">

Attached is the supporting document for the claim.

Thank you.

Note: Don't forget to attach the Bill of Lading or Airway Bill from your freight forwarder.

Bill of Lading Sample

Below is a sample bill of lading document from Shipping Cart. It's ok even if the bill of lading contains other items not bought from Amazon.

Tax Refund Processing

If there are no problems with the details and documentation you provided, you can expect the refund request to be processed on the same day. The refund should appear on your account in 2-3 days if issued to a credit card. Refunds issued to a bank account typically take 7-10 days to reflect on the account balance.

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  1. Thank you for this very informative post. I am planning to purchase a laptop from Amazon and have it be forwarded to me through Shipping Cart. May I know how you were able to get the Bill of Lading? Is it readily available online or do I have to request it from Shipping Cart through email?

    1. You have to request it via Shipping Cart's Contact Us page.

      Thanks for reading! :)

  2. Hi Sir Glenn. Nag request ako ng bill of lading sa shippingcart. Bakit hindi nila maibigay sa akin ang ganyan na bill of lading? Hindi na nila nilalagay ang tracking no. ng amazon sa bill of lading. Sayang ang tax refund. :(

    1. Hi JM. What's written in the description part of the waybill? Does it describe the item(s) you ordered from Amazon? If yes, that might be accepted by Amazon already. Just give it a try. If Amazon rejects your refund request, request another version of the bill of lading from Shipping Cart and mention that you need the Amazon tracking number specified. Good luck!

  3. Thanks sa reply sir Glenn. Nag request ako sa shippingcart ng bill of lading. Ang binibigay lang nila ay item description lang. Halimbawa bumili ako ng Erwin Tool Wire Stripper, Toughbuilt Electrical Pouch, at Mini Ratchet. NTalagang ganyan lang nilalagay nila. Hindi nila nilalagay ang amazon tracking no. E yun ang mahalaga na kailangan ng Amazon sa tax refund. Nakikiusap na ako sa CS nila. Hindi nila magawa yang parang sayo. Ing send ko na nga tulad yang sayo di pa nila magawa ng maayos. Hays.

    1. Ahh, Amazon can check the items you ordered naman. So once they see that those items were forwarded to the Philippines (based on the bill of lading), they might already grant you refund request. :) Try mo lang, nothing to lose naman if ever they reject your request. They'll just ask you to provide a different/updated supporting document, if ever.

  4. I just ordered items from Amazon and waiting for it to arrived via shipping cart. Will try this tax refund once the items arrived :)

    1. Great! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

  5. This post is very informative. I had many orders from Amazon that was already shipped here in the Philippines via shipping-cart in the last 5 months and the tax sum up to over $150. I'll try to get a refund. Thanks Glenn!

  6. Hi Glenn! I know this is a little out of topic, but do you know of any buying services based in the US? There are some stores I would like to purchase from but they don’t accept billing addresses not in the US. Thanks!

    1. I think Johnny Air Cargo provides that service, though I haven't tried it.

      But have you tried using Shipping Cart or My Shopping Box (MSB)? Some stores do accept the "virtual" address they provide even though you're using a PH-issued credit card. But some stores really require a US-issued credit card. For this case, you may consider Johnny Air Cargo. Hope this helps. :)

  7. I just want to thank you for writing this blog re: Tax refund. I was able to get almost a $100 tax refund from my Amazon purchases shipped via Shippingcart.

    Kudos Glenn for this hack!

  8. You're welcome! Feel free to share to your friends. :)


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  11. I’m so glad I chanced upon this blog! So timely as I just made some orders from Amazon which are now in transit to the Philippines via Shipping Cart. Just a question though – so because I read this, I sent an email to Shipping Cart to ask them in advance for a Bill of Lading once my shipment has been fulfilled. Just a fee minutes after my email, I immediately received a reply with a copy of the bill of lading. I’m planning to wait for my package to arrive first before I file for a tax refund. However, my question is can I send to Amazon the same bill of lading sent to me guven that I got the document before I got the packages? I’m not sure if there’d be any difference on the before and after version of the document. It’s just that what I got has no signatures. Will this be a valid claim if I would send the same document that I got from Shipping Cart? Appreciate your advice. Thank you!


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