Clear VAT/UTAP office before departure

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Stuttgart Family & MWR – VAT/UTAP Office

If you used the Value Added Tax Relief and Utility Tax Avoidance programs during your tour, you probably saved yourself a lot of money. Now that you are PCSing, save yourself a headache and clear these offices the proper way.

VAT Office closeout

All customers signed up in the Value Added Tax Relief program are required to come in to the Tax Relief Office during their outprocessing.

To help in the closeout process, once the customer knows they are PCSing, they can stop by the Tax Relief Office and a printout of issued VAT forms can be provided.

The Tax Relief staff will review the customer’s account and verify all purchased VAT forms have been returned and cleared from the VAT program.

It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that all white copies, to include any unused and expired VAT forms, are returned to the Tax Relief Office before departing.

There must be 100 percent accountability of all VAT forms purchased by the customer. If a customer has any missing/lost white copies, a pink customer copy can also be used to clear the program.

UTAP Office closeout

All customers signed up in the Utility Tax Avoidance Program (UTAP) are asked to contact the Tax Relief Office before their final walk-through inspection.

The UTAP staff will assist the customer in identifying which utility company closeout form is required and answer any final questions.

The UTAP customer will need the final meter reading(s) taken during the final inspection walk-through to complete the utility company closeout form.

A utility closeout form will be completed at the UTAP office requiring customers to maintain their local bank account open for 90 days after departure allowing the utility company to debit/credit final bills. 

The UTAP staff will review the closeout form for accuracy and verify the customer’s civilian email address. The final reconciliation invoice from the utility company will be emailed to the customer.

Failure to provide the UTAP Office the required closeout documentation could result in continual monthly payments being withdrawn from the customer’s account.