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VAT Repayments for Non-EU Businesses

HMRC have announced a delay in processing VAT refunds for non-EU businesses for the period 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2019, submitted on or before 31 December 2019. Valid claims submitted in relation to this period are now expected to be processed by 30th September 2020.

For claims relating to the period 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020, businesses may be unable to obtain the required certificate of status due the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. HMRC have advised that claims submitted without the required certificate will not be processed and will be put on hold. If the business is unable to obtain the certificate by 1st October 2020, they should write to HMRC detailing the specifics of their case. Any business seeking a refund of this nature should be proactive and apply for any relevant certificate at the earliest opportunity.

If you or your client have are located outside the EU and have incurred VAT in the UK, please call our free VAT helpline to determine if this is recoverable to you and the steps you need to take to submit a claim.

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