Tax Refund: Refuel abroad and make savings
Rising fuel prices are putting logisticians and fleet managers under increasing pressure. Particularly in cross-border transport, it can be worthwhile comparing not only petrol and diesel prices, but also the price structures in different countries. This is because mineral oil tax and sales tax account for a considerable proportion of the final price. They are partially reimbursed upon application. A price comparison therefore only really makes sense if these refundable taxes are taken into consideration. DKV Mobility's VAT calculator provides a quick overview of sales tax online, and the reimbursable mineral oil taxes can be viewed here .
Since reimbursement procedures are often quite complicated, in most cases it is worthwhile calling in a service provider to assist. Mobility service providers such as DKV Mobility offer this service. If a truck driver pays at a foreign service station using an appropriate card or app, the service provider steers the entire process and pays out the refundable tax as soon as the money is received from abroad or even before.
Automated processes ensure fast processing and reimbursement. A fee is charged for this service. In most cases, however, the expense is likely to pay off, as the alternative is to collect receipts and submit them to the relevant fiscal authority abroad, which entails a lot of bureaucracy and considerable specialist knowledge.
"Logistics companies cannot only reduce their fuel costs in this way. They also benefit from improved liquidity due to the fast payout and thus secure an improved competitive position," emphasises Martin Prümer, Team Manager Refund Services at DKV Mobility. This is particularly true if companies choose a product such as "DKV Refund Net Invoice", where the foreign VAT is credited back immediately in the same invoice and not only after the actual refund by the foreign fiscal authority.