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Cross-border VAT Recovery

If business incur VAT in a country but are not obliged to VAT register there, stand-alone submissions can be made to recover this VAT. Strict conditions apply to these claims.

In order to encourage international trade, the EU has created special mechanisms to allow businesses to recover VAT cross-border. In other words, if you are not established in an EU country but you have incurred VAT there for business purposes, there is a special claim you can submit in order to have the VAT refunded. The EU operates two schemes, one for EU businesses known as the ‘EU refund mechanism’ (formerly the 8th directive) and the other for non-EU business known as the ‘13th Directive’. There are certain requirements that business must fulfil to be able to reclaim using these schemes.

Learn more about how vatglobal can assist you in cross border VAT recovery by speaking to one of our VAT specialists today!

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