Tuesday, 21 August 2018 06:43

Alipay launches digital tax refund for Chinese visiting South Korea

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Chinese mobile payment platform Alipay, in collaboration with tax refund agency Global Tax Free, has launched what it claims is the world's first paperless mobile tax refund function in South Korea.

A statement said that the service simplified the process for Chinese tourists to South Korea to claim tax rebates on a mobile app, skipping in-city and airport tax refund counters.

The travellers have to first scan their passports at self-service kiosks before leaving South Korea. They can then process tax rebates and receive immediate refunds in yuan by using the Alipay mobile app to scan tax refund receipts within 90 days of making a purchase.

“Since 2013, Alipay has continuously explored ways to expedite tax refunds for Chinese tourists to enhance the outbound travel experience, said Danny Chung, general manager of Alipay South Korea.

"Alipay users can already receive tax refunds at more than 80 airports and a growing number of in-city shops globally after processing at a tax counter.

“With this unique new function, Alipay users can skip the queue and process tax refunds on their mobiles, without filling out and submitting any paper work.

"This will both save time and make it easier to claim refunds. We look forward to working with our partners and leveraging our technological capabilities to bring more convenient tax refund solutions to outbound Alipay users."

About 10,000 South Korean vendors support the GTF tax refund service. The introduction of the mobile service is claimed to speed up the tax refund process in South Korea.

Alipay, part of Ant Financial Services, and GTF plan to expand the service to more merchants and other Asian countries.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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