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Digital Tax Free solutions now available in Portugal

Global Blue becomes the 1st eTaxFree solution provider in Portugal ahead of the 1st of July mandatory deadline.

April 2018 marks the launch of Global Blue’s digital tax free solution in Portugal.

The new system comes as Portuguese Tax Authorities will make digital Tax Free Shopping mandatory from the 1st of July. To support our merchants in meeting the legal deadline in the smoothest way possible, Global Blue is launching digital tax free several months early.

With eTaxFree, transaction and traveller data are captured online and sent in real time to Tax Authorities for registration. This new synchronized issuing flow allows authorities to mitigate the risk of fraud by providing immediate visibility of potential fraudulent activity.

From a Globe Shopper’s point of view, this digital innovation represents a considerable improvement of the Tax free shopping journey as it will reduce queuing time at the airport, providing a faster and more convenient refund service.

The digitisation of Tax Free Shopping will contribute to the growth of shopping tourism in Portugal, the segment which presents the highest growth potential according to the World Tourism Organization. Drawing from its Spanish neighbours, earlier in March, Ana Mendes Godinho, the Secretary of State for Tourism in Portugal announced a Strategic Plan for Shopping Tourism within a 6-month period.