VAT-refund from Sweden
In Sweden, VAT is applied by a standard 25% rate on almost all goods and services, including registration fees for congresses and conferences. There are some exceptions to the 25% rate e.g. hotel accommodation (12% VAT rate) and passenger transportation (6% VAT rate).
Non-Swedish commercial companies (except for insurance, banking, educational and health-care companies and a few other company types) and non-Swedish universities/research centers with a business purpose other than promoting knowledge and furthering education, are normally entitled to recover the Swedish VAT.
How to recover Swedish VAT
All EU-based commercial companies and universities/research centers/delgates from hospitals should (as from 1st January, 2010) turn directly to their local Tax Authority in their home country/home city, for assistance with the recovery process at no cost.
All non-EU based commercial companies and universities/research centers/delegates from hospitals can either apply for a VAT-refund directly by The Swedish Tax Authority at no cost (www.skatteverket.se and search for “VAT refund”) or alternatively turn to an established VAT-refund bureau, for assistance at a certain fee (search for “VAT recovery” on Google).