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We are a company registered in the Seychelles should we charge

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We are a company registered in the Seychelles should we charge and therefore register for vat for our business in the UK
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  bigduckontax replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Keith and happy to help you with your question.
UK Registration of suppliers with no place of business in the UK
Here is HMRC advice on this subject:
'Overseas businesses with no place of business in the UK may nevertheless be making supplies in the UK and so required to register here. Further details about this can be found in Notice 700/1.'
Further details from Notice 100/1 indicates that:
'When do I have to register for VAT?
You have to register for VAT when the total value of your:
Taxable supplies
Distance sales
Relevant acquisitions
Goes over the current registration thresholds.
You have to register for VAT if you make distance sales into the UK of any excise goods, or relevant supplies, in the UK. (In these circumstances, there is no registration threshold).'
So you see that registration is necessary. When your imported goods clear customs they may be charged duty and VAT. This VAT is a input tax which can be reclaimed. The VAT you charge on your sales is the output tax and the difference between the two is the sum due or from HMRC.
I do hope I have helped thrown some light on your position. The initial notice in VATPOSG2400 does recommend consultation with HMRC before you start trading.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi it's a service we offer to gambling companies that are themselves usually domiciled offshore. It's just for the first time we had a UK registered client who wanted a vat invoice. Are we right in thinking that if we are supplying services to non UK registered companies but who have an office in the UK we do not need to be registered for vat, or so we need to be registered anyway
Expert:  bigduckontax replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your support.

The position for your type of organisation is highly complex, but if you are not making supplies over the VAT threshold, currently 81K pa, there is no requirement to register. Here is the HMRC advice on the matter:

'If your turnover of VAT taxable goods and services supplied within the UK for the previous 12 months is more than the current registration threshold of £81,000, or you expect it to go over that figure in the next 30 days alone, you must register for VAT.'

Should there be any danger of the limit being breached I would urge you to consult HMRC as to your position. If you do not have to register either because you are below the limit or are advised by HMRC to the effect that registration is unnecessary you should endorse your invoice with a note that your organisation is not registered for VAT. Thus customers know where they stands in the transaction viz a viz their own VAT account.

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