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Hello I am a UK based auctioneer and have been asked to sell

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Hello I am a UK based auctioneer and have been asked to sell the assets of a company located in Romania.
The auction will be for the business premises and assets only (not a going concern)
Is the offer price of potential bidders subject to VAT either UK or Romanian?
thanks
Mark
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  bigduckontax replied 2 years ago.
Hello Mark, I'm Keith and happy to help you with your question.
As far as I can see this would appear to be an exempt supply under the Romanian VAT regime. Price Waterhouse Coopers have the following advice:
'The sale of real estate property (except for the sale of new buildings or building land) is also treated as VAT-exempt operation without deduction right. If the exemption is not favourable (ie the initial input VAT can become a cost in wjole or in part), VAT-registered persons can opt to tax suck operations, based on a notification filed with the tax authorities.'
Brighton and Hove Accountants advice:
'Services relating to land or property include estate agency, conveyancing, architects, surveying, construction, property maintenance and repair work, hotel accommodation (unless a tour operator), defined exhibition stands, and property management services. If the property is in the UK, the service is liable to UK VAT regardless of the status or location of the customer. If the property is in Romania, the service is outside the scope of UK VAT regardless of the status or location of the customer.'
So it would appear that as far as your books are concerned no VAT is applicable and for the company the sale is an exempt supply under the Romanian VAT regime.
I do hope I have been able to shed some light on your question.
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Expert:  bigduckontax replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your support.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you Keith that was most helpful.

I am presuming that I should charge VAT on the buyers commission charged on the sale given its a service provided here in the UK

regards

Mark

Expert:  bigduckontax replied 2 years ago.
That was my initial thought Mark, but then Brighton and Accountants produced that gem that as the property was located in Romania the transaction was outside the scope of VAT. I have only come across 'outside scope' before when an organisation with which I was connected received donations and legacies and HM Customs and Excise, as they were then, advised that such transactions were outside the scope of VAT.

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