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Questions tagged [vat]

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Should I pay a company who failed to collect VAT from me over 6 months ago?

Nearly 7 months ago I purchased some software for $12.99 from an company in the USA. I didn't check at the time whether that price included VAT as in the EU: You have to be clearly informed about ...
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Stop paying VAT on digital sales when earnings are under £81k

I am a small time indie developer selling Android Apps. I do this as a hobby in my spare time. Currently I am not VAT registered as the earnings are well below the £81k threshold. I usually "run at a ...
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Quotes for work by a tradesman in the UK: rules for VAT?

If I receive a quote for work from a tradesman, and this quote is supplied as a document (PDF) which does not mention VAT as being either includes or excluded, can the tradesman later say that it didn'...
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If I'm voluntarily VAT registered, but under the threshold, do I have to charge vat?

Suppose I'm voluntarily VAT registered in the UK. But my turnover is less than £85k. Do I have to charge my customers VAT on my products and services? Put another way, in such circumstances am I only ...
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What is involved in becoming vat registered in the UK? any advice?

I'm a self employed web developer working in London, UK. Currently I'm not VAT registered but am approaching the current VAT threshold. I'm wondering if anyone knows what is involved in becoming VAT ...
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How does a Value Added Tax (VAT) differ from a Sales Tax?

A common trend by many governments has been to introduce a Value Added Tax to replace a Sales Tax (as evidenced by the multitude of HST related questions on this site). How do these types of taxes ...
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What items are exempt from the VAT? [U.K.]

I'm thinking about visiting the UK and I'm wondering which things are affected by the VAT and which are not. Also as a non-UK resident is there a way to get a rebate/reimbursement on this tax?
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How to reclaim the value-added tax when buying something on eBay?

I want to buy a digital graphics pad/touchscreen on eBay for technical drawings. Because the article's seller is based in Germany, and I live in Switzerland, and because the article is worth more ...
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I am a contractor with revenue below UK's VAT threshold. Should I register for VAT?

I am an IT contractor based in London. I understand that there is a threshold for VAT of £73,000. In my current business, I have not exceeded that threshold as of yet but expect to within the ...
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How to deal with discount when invoice has multiple line items and multiple tax rates?

I am stumped at how to work out the tax for an invoice, when discounts are applied to invoices that have multiple line items with multiple tax rates? See my example invoice below: SomeItemOne(Tax: 20%...
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How to deal with VAT when traveling from US to Europe?

I am going to be traveling to Europe (Paris, London, and Rome) for the first time. I have only heard of VAT and I am not sure I truly understand it. What do I need to know about it and how do I keep ...
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What are the tax liabilities for an international transaction?

I have website for which I have set up a sponsorship scheme for (see my profile if you're interested). With this scheme, some individual or company can choose to sponsor X or Y amount and that gives ...
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Is there a lower threshold for new EU VAT changes coming 1 Jan 2015 related to the sale of digital goods?

I've heard that sales of digital goods into the EU will need to have VAT charged at the customers country VAT rate from 1 Jan 2015. The seller will then need to either file a VAT return in each EU ...
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US VAT refund, can it be claimed at a later date?

I was in NY recently,about 3 weeks ago and purchased a Macbook Pro from the Apple Store. I was unaware that I could claim a tax refund at the airport so didn't claim it as yet. I do have my receipt ...
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Plumber charging VAT on parking

I have a plumber do some work for me recently, and in the invoice he included the parking cost. This was for on-street parking, which I know has no VAT applied to it as it is a direct payment to the ...
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Ordering From UK to Base Overseas - VAT exempt?

Good afternoon, I'm currently serving the RAF Overseas in Cyprus and am looking at ordering a new laptop from PC Specialist (a UK company). My question is simple, am I eligible to buy this item ...
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Can used books bought off Amazon be claimed as a tax deduction in Australia?

I recently bought some used books on Amazon. The books are directly related to what I do for a living. In Australia, I know that if you have the receipt for books like that, you could claim it as a ...
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Is VAT applied when a tradesman charges for materials?

I have been employing a plumber to do some work in my bathroom, and recently received the invoice. This consists of a charge for the labour, plus a list of materials used for the job, which he is also ...
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UK Ltd taxation on stocks/bonds income and real estate rent income

If I got it, the main tax an UK Ltd has to pay is the corporate tax, which is about 20% of the total income of the company. This income include income derived from bonds, stocks, mutual funds ...
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Tax for Basket with Coupon containing two different VAT rates

Imagine an online basket with 2 items in it, each with different VAT rates. A fixed amount coupon is then applied to the basket. How should the net/tax for this basket be accounted for? Example: ╔═══...
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Do I need to pay UK VAT for an online service paid for with a UK credit card when I'm resident elsewhere?

I want to pay for a VPN service with my UK credit card but I've recently moved to Japan. On the form I can select Japan or the UK but Japan won't charge a sales tax so it's obviously a better deal ...
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Consultancy tax & VAT

I am an employee in the UK on a mid-income contract, and my income gets taxed through my employer's HR, without action needed from me. My contract allows me to do some bits of private consultancy, for ...
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VAT on refundable deposit

I have recently signed contract to let small office space, agreeing to pay the refundable deposit to cover any damage I would make. The company issued the invoice for the deposit including 20% VAT. ...
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VAT on Web Services outside EU?

Do I have to collect VAT for web services as an EU based company (Austria) from customers outside the EU?
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Sage Instant Accounts or Quickbooks?

I am a small business, single employee IT contractor looking for accounting software to do my annual returns and vat returns in the UK. I've researched a bit about QuickBooks and Sage Instant ...
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As a UK LTD Company should my allowable expense claims be inclusive of VAT

I'm starting a LTD company in the UK and have a question surrounding the way that allowable expenses are claimed. I understand that this question has probably been asked numerous times but no matter ...
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What happens when I make purchases on Amazon as a company but I don't register the VAT invoice?

I have a company in Europe. If I use my Amazon business account to buy work related stuff, I don't pay the VAT. What would happen if I used my personal credit card rather than the company card to ...
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Buying goods from the US in a business based in France: the business refuses to remove the VAT. Can I get the VAT reimbursed?

I live in California, USA. I plan to purchase ~500 EUR worth of goods by phone from a French business that will send me the goods by mail. I am aware that the business may choose not to charge me VAT,...
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Is it acceptable to always have the same end price regardless of applicable VAT?

I want to offer a VAT-applicable item in a German e-shop and I want its end price for customers to always be the same, regardless of applicable VAT. So if I'm e.g. selling from Germany and shipping ...
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VAT listing on repair job

This is a question on consumer law and trading standards in the UK. I appreciate it may be a grey area. A few weeks ago I took a sail to be repaired in a local sail loft. I asked for the price and ...
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Is there such thing as “no VAT” or is it just 0%? [closed]

Let's say I'm from the EU, and I sell something to somebody in the USA. Did the sale include "no VAT" or is the VAT 0%? Side note: I'm from an IT background and I'm trying to figure out if a ...
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Could somebody explain Wikipedia's VAT example calculation to me?

Wikipedia example here. I could not understand why in this example ("With a value-added tax" subsection) the government charges 0.10 = $1 × 10%, but not 0.11 = $1.1 × 10% The manufacturer spends ($...
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Why isn't the `flat rate scheme` favourable for Limited Companies anymore?

I have been registered as flat rate scheme since 2012. At which point I kept 12.5% (working in IT) of my vat invoices. However in 2017 they changed the laws on the % I believe. My accountant said I ...
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Calculate order discount correctly when Tax is set per unit?

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I could not find an answer when I searched. Lets say I have an invoice with 3 line items shown below (All excluding tax) SomeItemOne - Cost:£2.45 | Qty:1 ...
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Do I have to pay VAT when buying goods from the US in a business based in France?

I live in California, USA. I plan to purchase ~500 EUR worth of goods by phone from a French business that will send me the goods by mail. Do I have to pay the French VAT, California sales taxes, or ...
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I am not VAT registered. Do I need to buy from my supplier with excl VAT prices or incl VAT?

I have a small e-shop and my UK registered company is not VAT registered. I am buying sprays from supplier (UK company also) but he has given me quotes without VAT, but I think I need to pay him ...
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Is it usual for a tradesperson not to charge VAT?

A trader we are using has suggested that we don't need to pay VAT as he doesn't earn enough to pay it. Is this normal? All of the other quotes we received said we would need to add VAT on top of the ...
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Do I need to pay tax if I use my own bank account for collected money for a booked hotel in the UK?

We are organizing an event in the UK and we need to book a hotel for about 200 attendees. The booking fee of about 4,000 pounds is to be shared by all the people. Since we have no company bank ...
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Do I need to earn a specific amount before I can reclaim VAT as a company in the UK?

I just wondered - if I have a business in the UK is there any restrictions on claiming VAT back on items bought for the business - do I need to earn over a certain threshold as I don't earn that much ...
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VAT and German freelance working on international project

I am a freelance in Germany ("freiberufler" is the term here). I have developed a website for a Spanish company and I have written them a bill for it. Now they are trying to put their finances in ...
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Tax/VAT when buying from USA in Argentina?

I am going to Argentina for a month, and are therefore wondering if I can buy things (wooden puzzles) from the US and receive them in Argentina without having to pay tax/VAT? Or is there perhaps a ...
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VAT on Services Supplied Pre-Registration

A (natural) person supplies a service in the first three months of a year. He issues three invoices dated 3 February, 3 March and 3 April and receives payment on 10 February, 10 March and 10 April ...
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What do I need as documentation in order to pay taxes in the Netherlands?

I am starting a web-shop for the first time ever. I don't really have that much knowledge for this type of stuff because I have never studied anything business related so I have a few problems. I need ...
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Import/VAT implications of using Google Cloud services in EU

I am considering using Google Cloud services as a competitor in a Kaggle competition. To encourage new use - and likely due to recent acquisition of Kaggle by Google - the cloud service is offering an ...
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Do developers in India pay income or sales tax from income from the sale of apps?

I'm a developer based in India who wants to sell apps, either on one of Apple's app stores or directly. Do I need to pay VAT on the proceeds, or income tax, or both? Do I need a TIN? Where can I ...
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Can I reclaim VAT on U.S services such as Domain hosting?

I have a bunch of regular payments paying for hosting and other digital services coming from the U.S. There is no TAX stated on the invoices I receive and I'd assumed unless stated, then I cannot ...
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Can I register for VAT to claim back VAT without selling VAT applicable goods? (UK)

I do not sell any goods that are chargeable for VAT. I am not currently registered for VAT. I know that you cannot claim VAT refunds without being registered for VAT, and charging it on applicable ...
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Why do VAT-registered businesses in the EU charge VAT to each other?

As far as I understand, if a VAT-registered company A sells goods to a VAT-registered company B within the same country, it still has to charge VAT to company B. Company B can then request a refund ...
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What's the point of a 20% (alias 16.5%) VAT flat rate in UK?

The normal VAT in UK is already 20%. Note that 16.5% VAT flat rate for £100 is not £16.5 but £20.0. HMRC does not calculate like any other country I know. The 16.5% is calculated on the invoiced ...
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On what amount am I supposed to pay VAT for sales?

My question comes after reading this article about Amazon paying just £15 million in tax for European revenues of over £9 billion. Here, I am confused about when businesses pay VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX). ...