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A VAT Refund Guide to 

United Kingdom

How to get VAT Refunds from United Kingdom for your business

Businesses registered in countries outside of UK can claim VAT refunds on any costs incurred in UK.
The below information details the requirements needed to be eligible for a VAT refund. This includes claimable expense types, UK VAT rates, deadlines and claiming periods.

Where is your company based?

EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses in an EU member state are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from United Kingdom under the EU VAT Refund Directive.

NON-EU

based businesses

VAT-registered businesses outside of the European Union are eligible to recover VAT on business costs from United Kingdom under the 13th Directive.

Which countries have reciprocity with United Kingdom?

All countries can claim

For a more detailed explanation on what reciprocity means within the scope of VAT, click here:

What expenses are claimable in United Kingdom?

ENTERTAINMENT & HOSPITALITY

Entertainment

20%
Only for staff
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Hotels & Accommodation

20%
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Restaurants

20%

EVENTS

Conferences, Trade Shows & Exhibitions

20%

Training Courses & Seminars

20%

GENERAL EXPENSES

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Goods

20%

Inter-company charges

20%

Office Expenses

20%
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Marketing Costs

20%

Professional Fees & AP invoices

5%

TRAVEL RELATED

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Car Rental

20%
Only 50% is claimable
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Fuel

20%
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Public Transport

0%
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Taxis

0%

Additional Information

How far back can your business claim VAT from United Kingdom?
1 July of the previous year to 30 June of the following year
What’s the foreign VAT deadline in United Kingdom?
31 December of each year
How long does it take to receive a VAT refund from United Kingdom?
Depending on the complexity of your application and the capacity at the VAT authority, it can take up to 4 months for EU businesses and up to 6 months for Non-EU businesses to receive a VAT refund from UK

Need help with your VAT refund from United Kingdom?

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