Common VAT questions

Our common VAT questions page, help you answer the most frequent VAT questions.

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If I am importing goods into an EU country and then selling these on, do I have to charge VAT on the onward sale?

Yes, potentially you will need to charge VAT on the sale of these goods. In order to know for sure we will have to look at where and to which type of customer you are selling the goods, therefore in order to get a definitive answer please contact us.

If I am selling services in the EU will I need to charge VAT on my supplies?

You could potentially have a requirement to VAT register and charge VAT on the supply of services in the EU, this largely depends on the type of service you are providing and who you are providing this to. For a more definitive answer and a free VAT consultation please contact us.

If I am exporting goods to a non-EU country then do I have to charge VAT on this sale?

No as these are zero rated sales for VAT purposes. However in order to export from the EU you will need to have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number and may also be required to register for VAT in the country that you are making the sale from. For a more definitive answer and if you would like help in obtaining an EORI number or a VAT account please contact us.

If I am buying goods from a supplier in another EU country and bringing these into my own EU country to sell these on, will I be charged VAT on the purchase?

If you are buying goods from a supplier in another EU country, you have given them your VAT number and the goods are being delivered to you from another EU country then you should not be charged VAT. As a consequence of this it will require you to be VAT registered and if you would like our help with this process then please contact us.

If I am selling goods from my own EU country to a customer in another EU country, will I charge VAT on the sale?

If you are selling goods to a customer in another EU country, they have given you their VAT number and the goods are being delivered to from your EU country to another EU country then you should not charge VAT. For a more definitive answer and a free VAT consultation please contact us.

I am a non-EU company and import my own goods into the EU for onward sale, will I need a VAT registration?

You could potentially need a VAT registration in order to claim the VAT back that you are charged at import and also for you to charge VAT on the onward sale to your customer. Also for a non-EU company there is normally no threshold for VAT registrations so you will likely need to register from the first sale that you make For a more definitive answer and a free VAT consultation please contact us.

I am importing my goods into an EU country, will I pay VAT at clearance and will I be required to register for VAT?

Yes you will likely be charged VAT on the clearance of the goods however if you are a business importing into the EU for business purposes then you should be able to claim this VAT back from the country of clearance. Also in order to import goods into the EU you will need to have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number and may also be required to register for VAT in the country that you are bringing the goods into. For a more definitive answer and if you would like help in obtaining an EORI number or a VAT account please contact us.

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