Thank you. This seems good. But does the reverse VAT charge not apply? Is that because I am not VAT registered?
See advice from HMRC about buying services from abroad.
I see what you are coming from with Reverse VAT. If all your sales went via Dubai you would be over the 81K limit and thus registration for VAT might be necessary. However as you are both supplier and customer in the words of HMRC
'Where it applies, you act as if you are both the supplier and the customer - you charge yourself the VAT and then, assuming that the service relates to VAT taxable supplies that you make, you also claim it back. So there's no net cost to you - the two taxes cancel each other out.'
In taxation terms it is a lemon and, furthermore, were your company VAT registered and this is all the business it does, it could reclaim the input tax on all other services consumed as well making it a net recipient of reclaimed VAT every quarter, for everyone involved an exercise in financial futility as far as tax collection is concerned and in administrative ditto for you. If there is a danger of your company breaching the registration limit through your Dubai transactions then it may be necessary.
I would be inclined to raise the matter with HMRC's registration offices well before to get their views on whether it ought to be registered in the light of the organisation's normal trading pattern. HMRC advise using their telephone service, the relevant number is *****(###) ###-####
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Thanks for the answer. But if I have to register for VAT, my business cannot work as it is purely a consumer property trading business that just buys and sells low cost terraced houses. I buy from consumers who do not charge me VAT and sell to consumers (mainly investors from overseas, referred by the overseas company). These buyers will not want to pay VAT when they buy these small 2 bed houses.
I do not purchase much else - apart from the house, then I sell it at a profit as stated above. So there is not much input tax to reclaim back on other services. I am the only employee of my company.
Over 1 year, if I could sell 24 properties, my turnover on property sales will be £1.44m and I could make £240,000 gross profit of which £120,000 may go the overseas company as agency fees as they provide most of the clients and invoice me from abroad.
I may indeed have to see HMRC advice later. Is there another expert who perhaps specializes in this area and may have come across this before. I would be really grateful if you could help.
Thanks very much for your reply. I can check it out with HMRC. However, if there is another expert that can help, I would be grateful as this must be a common scenario.
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