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When you purchase goods from overseas and have these goods shipped to Connecticut - such purchases are subject of so-called "use tax
Use tax is the tax you pay when Connecticut sales tax
is not paid to a retailer. The use tax is complementary to the sales tax. Together, the sales and use taxes act to tax Connecticut purchasers equally, whether they purchase goods and services within or without Connecticut.
If you paid VAT on your purchase in a foreign country - refund is possible - but is based on the law of jurisdiction which collected VAT. Not all jurisdictions have refund policy.
The IRS would not refund taxes paid to foreign jurisdictions.
Generally when goods are shipped out of the jurisdiction - VAT is not charged - and there is no need to claim a refund, but you may contact the seller and ask not to charge VAT.
However because each country has different rules
- please verify:
- in which country you purchase goods?
- to which jurisdiction did you pay VAT?
- were goods shipped to the US or you brought then by yourself?
I will verify specific rules related to your situation.
Please be sure to ask for clarification as needed.