[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Tax free shopping

Hauke Stieler mail at hauke-stieler.de
Fri Jan 17 11:48:23 UTC 2020

There was an Email from Mateusz Konieczny a bit earlier making a very
good point:

There is the general "duty_free=*" and more specific
"duty_free:refund=*" tag, but also very specific "duty_free:refund:*=*"
tags. In OSM we usually add also the more general tags like this:


And I think this makes also sense for the duty_free-tag when we say
"duty_free=yes" means: A traveler doesn't have to pay taxes, either by
paying less or by getting them back.

When you additionally add "duty_free:refund=yes" (and additionally maybe
more specific ones), there wouldn't be a need for a "limited" value.
This combination would say: A traveler doesn't have to pay taxes here
because the shop offers support in getting them back.

A shop at an airport where travelers generally pay no taxes would be
tagged with "duty_free=yes" and optionally with "duty_free:refund=no".

I hope this also makes sense to you.

On 17.01.20 12:27, marc marc wrote:
> Le 17.01.20 à 01:32, Hauke Stieler a écrit :
>>> I see 3 levels :
>>> the customer doesn't pay the tax duty_free=yes
>>> the customer pay the tax but the shop help for a refund
>>> the customer pay the tax and the shop doesn't help a refund duty_free=no
>> Exactly, this is the basic idea for the scheme (added these points to
>> the wiki page). There might be some special cases, but they're probably
>> very rare.
> if so, the level between =no and =yes is imho better tagged
> with duty_free=limited like it exist for wheelchair.
> it would avoid having incompatible combinations between 2 tags (like
> duty_free=yes duty_free:refund=yes... you can't get help for a refund if
> you didn't pay the tax at all)
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