The basics on VAT :
VAT is a tax that you pay when you buy goods and services in the European Union (EU), including the UK. Dubai is not an EU country. I advise that because if you are buying the UK then you would not have to pay VAT again in the country where the vehicle would be used if the country is an EU country.
VAT is a tax you pay when you buy goods or services from a VAT-registered business in the EU, including within the UK.
Even when one imports a new or used motor vehicle permanently into the UK you must normally pay VAT and duty.
Purchasing the vehicle in the UK for use in the UK would not exempt VAT on the purchase unfortunately even if purchased by the Offshore company.
So how can I avoide paying VAT?
Yes, the UK business would be allowed to reclaim for VAT.
You cannot reclaim VAT paid for goods and services that are used for non-business activities.
You should be prepared to justify your method to HMRC when you have a VAT inspection. Your type of business and a log of the vehicle's use would be a good record to have.
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