Tax refunds for high-spending visitors
Visitors to Jersey can now get a tax refund on their shopping.
The trial scheme has been launched to put some fizz back into High Street sales.
The tax-back trial is aimed at high spenders - it only applies to sales of individual items costing £300 or more. Typically it will be attractive for top-end goods like jewellery and designer items.
Visitors will be entitled to the full 5% refund of GST, but there will be paperwork involved for both the buyer and retailer.
Retailers think it is worth it, because the scheme puts them on a level playing field with other countries who already offer a sales tax refund.
Gerald Voisin of department store Voisins believes a number of local retailers will benefit.
"It's certainly not going to hinder sales which can only be a positive thing," he said.
The UK has offered sales tax refunds to non-EU residents for many years.
If the 12-month trial, due to begin this month, is successful, it will lead to a more permanent scheme in Jersey.