Tax representation, VAT management and obligations in the United Kingdom

Who needs to appoint a tax representative?


Registering for VAT in the United Kingdom is a legal obligation for every company engaging in at least one of the following transactions, whether it is established within the European Union or not:

Failing to register for VAT is heavily punished by the British authorities and makes companies ineligible for British VAT refund.

Why appoint a tax representative?

Designating a tax representant is not an obligation in the United Kingdom.

However, in order to obtain an intra-community VAT number in the United Kingdom, you will need to set up a substantial file for the German tax administration. This procedure, to complete entirely in British, can be long and complicated. The same applies to VAT declarations as they follow the British legislation and must be submitted in British.

To simplify and accelerate the registration process, and to ensure that VAT declarations are duly completed and submitted, every company can appoint a tax representative in the United Kingdom, whether or not they are established in the European Union.

Please, do note that a tax representative is not a permanent establishment. Therefore, tax representation makes for a simple and economical alternative to physical implantation by creating a branch or a subsidiary.

In fact, tax representation allows foreign companies to enter the British market while avoiding the costs and constraints of physical implantation that involve the creation of a structure in the United Kingdom, the management of a separate accounting and the taxation of profits earned in the United Kingdom .

As the tax representative manages all the company’s obligations regarding VAT in the United Kingdom, the activity can be fully supervised from abroad.

Choosing ASD is a safe choice

Intra-community VAT is a complex subject, constantly evolving. It requires an extremely detailed expertise.

By choosing ASD Group, you will receive the support of a team of tax experts in intra-community VAT. They will back you up day to day and help secure your activity.

Choosing ASD Group also means choosing a reliable partner, working with the British tax administration for over 20 years. We will be the guarantor of your business in the United Kingdom and of your reputation with the British tax services.

ASD Group is also a network of branches located in 25 countries within and outside the European Union.

ASD is also an innovative choice

The transformation and digitalisation of tax is becoming more widespread.

So as to be at the forefront of these digital tax issues, ASD Group has invested in developing platforms for online services, which make managing requirements and exchanges between taxpayers and the tax office much easier.

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