30 April 2021
As a UK business, it’s important to check whether you will require fiscal representation in the EU countries where you’re VAT registered.
Up until 31 December 2020, UK businesses trading in other EU countries were not required to appoint a fiscal representative to assist with managing their VAT registrations. However, from 1 January 2021, in some EU countries, UK businesses now have an obligation to appoint a fiscal representative to carry on trading.
What is a fiscal representative?
A fiscal representative is a local entity that represents foreign traders for VAT purposes, usually in countries where the traders must VAT register but cannot do so by themselves. This is particularly relevant where goods exported by foreign traders are imported into foreign countries, as this usually gives the trader an immediate obligation to VAT register and account for VAT on their transactions.
Which countries require a fiscal representative?
A fiscal representative is currently a requirement for non-EU businesses trading in some EU countries. However due to the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, many of these countries have confirmed that fiscal representation will not apply to UK companies.
The table below outlines which countries a UK business requires a fiscal representative.
|Country||Fiscal rep for non-EU companies required?|
Fiscal representation from Fiscal Solutions
We encourage UK businesses to review their VAT registrations in all other EU countries to identify if they have a fiscal representative requirement. If you’re not sure whether you require a fiscal representative, please get in touch and a member of our team will assist you with any changes required.
To find out more about our fiscal representation service, click here.