VAT in the UK is supervised by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), under the supervision of the Commissioners for the Revenue and Customs Act of 2005. Each year HMRC issues tax interpretations as published guidance and general VAT notices. Interpretations are intended to help taxpayers comply with regulations but are not legally binding.
Under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, UK’s membership with the EU ended on 31 January 2020. During the “Brexit Transition Period”, the UK was already no longer involved in any EU Laws, and national UK law overpowered EU laws.
In general, VAT is charged on taxable supplies, deemed supplies of goods and services, and imports. The UK VAT code specifically states that the following transactions are taxable:
However, there are also transactions defined neither as supplies of goods nor as supplies of services and these transactions do not fall within the scope of the UK VAT system.
|National Legislation||HM Revenue and Customs|
|VAT in local languages||Value-Added Tax|
|VAT number format||GB+ 9 digits|
|VAT rates||Standard 20%; Reduced 5%|
|Zero-rated (0%) and exempt|
|Frequency||Monthly, Quarterly, Annual|
|Recovery of VAT by non-established businesses||Yes|
|Compliance Returns and Deadlines
|VAT Return||7th day of the month following the period end.|
|European Sales Listing||Not required from 01 January 2021.|
|Intrastat M||21st day of the month following the period end.|
Last Updated: 25/07/2022
The information provided by Global VAT Compliance B.V. on this webpage is intended for general informational purposes only. Global VAT Compliance B.V. is not responsible for the accuracy of the information on these pages, and cannot be held liable for claims or losses deriving from the use of this information. If you wish to receive VAT related information please contact our experts at email@example.com
The findings of the two waves reveal that overall knowledge of Making Tax Digital is significant among companies with a turnover below the VAT threshold.
Nursery supplies are considered VAT-exempt for the reason that they only cover costs, and no economic activity takes place.
The revelation that UK reporting would be postponed may be generally welcomed by platforms as a chance to have more time to adjust to new regulations.