The VAT paid in other EU countries is often recoverable by VAT-registered businesses in the UK, who bought goods or services for business use. The rules that govern the amount of VAT repayable depends on the EU countries rules for claiming input tax. It is important to note that VAT incurred in foreign countries can never by reclaimed on a domestic UK VAT return.
There are special rules for businesses established outside the EU submitting a claim for VAT incurred in the UK. The deadline for the submission of a refund request for expenses incurred in the UK by non-EU businesses during the period 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019 is 31 December 2019. There are a number of conditions which must be met in order for a claim to qualify.
The form that should be used by these businesses to submit a claim is called a VAT65A form. The VAT notes explain how the form should be completed and includes details of alternative versions that can be used. The telephone number to contact the Overseas Repayment Unit has been updated.