EU VAT Refunds

Many businesses across a variety of industries incur VAT through operations in the European Union (EU), and while most are aware that some VAT can be recovered, others fall short in this area.

Across Europe, tax authorities are usually keen to hold on to revenue where possible, and can penalise firms where claims are made incorrectly. Therefore, it is essential to understand the nature of VAT transactions if refunds are to be obtained.

There are a number of areas in which international businesses may be incurring a large amount of EU VAT. These include:

  • The domestic supply of goods where businesses are unable to obtain a local VAT number because of how the extended reverse charge applies
  • Land-related services
  • Events, conferences and exhibitions
  • Tooling charges
  • Travel and expenses


In 2010, reforms to the EU refund system intended to make some of the administrative aspects of recovering VAT less complicated. However, at the same time, responsibility for claim accuracy on the part of businesses was increased considerably.

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If VAT has been charged incorrectly through the supply chain of the business, companies face tax authorities rejecting their claims for a refund. For this reason, it is essential that businesses ensure VAT has been charged correctly in the first place.

The VAT People has years of experience in assisting businesses with all aspects of VAT, and we could help yours too. Contact us today by calling 0800 077 4604, or fill in an online enquiry form and we will get back to you at a time that is convenient for you.

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