When do I have to apply for a VAT number in the UK?
Exceeding the threshold of £70,000
Anyone who is active in Europe and sells to the United Kingdom must (at least this year and depending on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations) obtain a UK VAT number if a certain delivery threshold is exceeded. Check out our Blog to stay up-to-date.
For this threshold, the turnover from an EU member state to the UK within one calendar year is decisive.
With a VAT delivery threshold of £70,000 (approx. € 77,000), this means that if, for example, a trader registered in Germany sells to the UK and exceeds a turnover of £70,000 within a calendar year, this triggers a VAT liability and the online trader must register for VAT in the UK (ideally before this threshold is reached) as the registration in Germany is not enough anymore.
Storage in warehouses in the United Kingdom
In addition to reaching the delivery threshold, storage in an EU country also triggers VAT obligations and makes registration, filings and returns mandatory.
If you store in the United Kingdom, for example in Amazon’s warehouses, then you must also register for tax purposes there!
Unlike the delivery threshold, there is no room for manoeuvre here and so 1. you must register in every country of storage and 2. this applies from the time of storage. Advance VAT returns must also be submitted from the first day of storage!
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