On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, the British Parliament largely rejected the Brexit deal presented by first minister Theresa May.
Following the European Commission’s Brexit VAT notice, the UK tax administration has in turn published a guide on 22 October 2018, titled “Partnership pack: preparing for a ‘no deal’ EU Exit”. The guide is addressed to several stakeholders, such as traders, customs agents, freight forwarders and businesses supplying services to the EU, and aims to support their preparation, in case the United Kingdom leaves the EU on 20 March 2019 without an agreement.
On 11 September 2018, the European Commission issued a notice in which it states that because of the great uncertainties about the content of an eventual withdrawal agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom, companies must consider that the United Kingdom will, from 30 March 2019, become a third country to the EU with regards to VAT and customs rules and to prepare for the consequences.
It is March 29, 2019 that the British will leave the European Union, however many uncertainties still remain on the post-breed tax and customs environment.
Leaving the European Union, it is in terms of indirect taxation that the upheavals will be most notable for the United Kingdom.
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From what we know at present, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union at the end of March 2019, and thus become a “third country” to the European Union. This will have important consequences especially in terms of VAT and customs operations.
What are the conditions for securing a VAT refund in the United Kingdom?A company established in a member country of the European Union which has incurred specific taxable expenses in the United Kingdom can recover its VAT as long as the company has not conducted any taxable operations in the country.