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Brexit: What Now For Businesses That Trade With The EU?

There is still uncertainty around what Brexit will mean and planning for a “No Deal” scenario seems sensible right now. Businesses that buy and sell from the EU should have contingency plans in place which will need to be flexible to cope with a variety of possible outcomes. If a ‘No Deal’ happens after October […]

Read more September 13th, 2019

Simplified Import Procedures In The Event Of “No Deal Brexit”

Arrangements have been announced by the Government regarding the movement of goods to and from the EU. A simplified import and export system has been implemented by HMRC – in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario – as a mechanism to ensure that goods move to and from the UK, with a reduced administrative […]

Read more March 12th, 2019

No Deal Brexit – What About VAT?

The Government and HMRC have updated its collection of high-level guides called “partnership packs”, intended to help businesses involved in importing and exporting prepare for changes to customs procedures after 29 March 2019 in the event of a “no deal” scenario. If the UK exits the EU without a deal, UK businesses will have to […]

Read more February 18th, 2019

Reclaiming Foreign VAT On Expenses

If your business has suffered VAT on expenses incurred in another EU country, for example, overseas hotel and restaurant bills, then it is possible to reclaim the foreign VAT. The foreign VAT must not, however, be reclaimed on the UK VAT return but by using HMRC ‘s VAT online services system. The foreign VAT refund […]

Read more October 10th, 2017

Supplying Digital Services To Customers In Other EU Countries?

The VAT place of supply rules changed on 1 January 2015 where digital services are supplied to non-business customers. The place of supply changed from where the supplier was based to where the customer is located as some companies were avoiding UK VAT. This rule change had serious implications for small businesses supplying digital services […]

Read more May 11th, 2016

Do You Supply Goods Or Services To European Countries?

If you’re a VAT-registered business in the UK that supplies goods and certain services to a VAT-registered customer in another European Union (EU) country, you’ll have to tell HMRC about these supplies. To do this you need to complete an EC Sales List (form VAT101). You will need to show details of each of your […]

Read more November 30th, 2011