KR Value-added tax (VAT) Rates Korea — Value-added tax (VAT)

General VAT Rate Other Rates Local Currency
10% 0% Won (KRW)

Korea's general VAT rate is 10%, with other rates including 0% that can apply to certain transactions. The Value-added tax (VAT) is administered by the National Tax Service in Seoul.

Visitors to Korea can qualify for a VAT refund on all purchases made for export - learn more about Korea VAT refunds here.

Korea's consumption tax is called the Value-added tax (VAT), locally known as Boo-ga-ga-chi-se, which was introduced in July 1977.

Korea VAT rates for 2024

Zero-rated and exempt

Korea VAT number format

Businesses in Korea that are required to collect tax will be issued an identification number. Tax identification numbers can be verified with the National Tax Service, and will follow a certain format. The VAT number format is 000-00-00000 (showing tax office location, legal entity type and serial number).

Korea VAT return periods

Businesses in Korea that are required to collect tax from consumers must file regular tax returns with the National Tax Service in Seoul. Korea's VAT return periods are:


Registration thresholds

None (except for simplified taxation)

Simplified taxation

Individual businesses with prescribed categories and with turnover less than KRW48 million in previous calendar year

Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses

Non-established businesses are small, unincorporated businesses that sell taxable goods and may consist of a single individual, or several. Non-incorporated businesses in Korea are required to collect taxes from the consumer.

Korea VAT Refunds

Korea has a VAT refund program that allows tourists and others to receive a refund of any Korea VAT paid on goods purchased in Korea that are being exported from the country.

The minimum purchase amount needed to claim a VAT refund is €30000.00 Euros (which would yield a VAT refund of about €3000). SalesTaxHandbook has detailed information about Korea's VAT refund program:

Learn More About Korea VAT Refunds

KR Value-added tax (VAT) Rates Korea Tax Sources & Citations

  • EN: Korea Value Added Tax
  • RU: НДС Южная Корея
  • CN: 韩国 增值税
Note: This page is intended to be a simple overview of Korea's consumption tax structure, is provided as-is, and is not legal advice. Please let us know if any of the Korea tax information on this page is incorrect or out of date.
  1. Korea National Tax Service (1)
  2. Ernst & Young global VAT tax study, Korea (updated 2024)

  3. ← Back to World VAT Rates
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