Sorry there's one more thing I like to clarify. Assuming the above scenario, UK VAT registered business, but this time I've bought the goods from an EU country, can I still claim the VAT back? If so, how long/how difficult is the process given the VAT was paid in another country?
According to this
I can't get a refund on VAT for the goods that I bought for resale.
I'm really sorry to bother you again but I need 100% clarification on this. I've asked a few other people, and they tell me different things.
Let me explain to you my dilemma. I'm a non-EU national, and I want to start a business in the UK/EU. I can get the appropriate visa to start a business in the UK but i can't do the same for the EU.
My business relies strongly on claiming back the VAT as we will be exporting all of our goods to non-EU countries.
Obviously, it would be easy if I can start two business, one in an EU country and one in the UK to claim back the respective VAT that has been been paid for. But since I can't, I'm trying to figure a work around, and one such option would be to walk into a shop in an EU country, purchase my stock, bring it back to the UK for export back out and claim back the VAT that was paid for.
Like I've said, I've ask others opinion for this and the main reason why I've asked is because of this paragraph:
"You can’t get a refund for:
I've asked you this question previously, but forgive my ignorance because the wording seems to be very clear to me. I cannot buy something from an EU country, use it for the purpose of resale and still claim VAT on it.
Obviously, I don't know much about tax, but perhaps, the Box 9 that you mentioned above might be used for goods that you purchase for usage within the business. For example, my business might purchase a laptop for use and I can claim back the VAT through box 9??
"I think you are misunderstanding the Guv UK web site which could be better expressed. The supplier in the EU, knowing your UK VAT Registration Number, should be invoicing you with VAT at 0% so there is no input tax to reclaim. In the unlikely event that VAT is being charged. The rule applies to goods being brought into the UK, which, as I understand it, does not occur in your business."
But the goods are being brought into the UK, I don't sell it to the UK market, I export it back out straight away.
This "goods being brought into the UK" rule, could you refer me to it for further info.
Essentially, what you are saying is that I can buy something in France, don't give the shop my VAT number so they will issue me a normal invoice, send the goods from France to a non-EU country and claim the VAT back?
But if I was to bring the goods back to the UK, I won't be able to claim it back despite I'm still exporting it back out.