March 26th, 2015

Writing for a client in another EU country?

Picture the scene.

You’re working hard, doing bits of work for UK clients but more and more of your work is coming from some connections you have made with an overseas client.

In fact, you’re starting to get worried about knocking on the door of the VAT registration threshold.

A nice problem to have, some may think. Do you need to worry?

Well, you’ll be pleased to know that if you’re supplying your writing services to a business in another EU country, the place of supply for your service is the location of your customer.  This means that your supply is outside the scope of VAT, and importantly does not need to be included as turnover when considering the VAT registration threshold.

Additionally, as you are not required to be VAT registered, you are not obligated to make EC sales listing returns.
But remember that you must continue to monitor your other cumulative sales monthly to ensure you don’t breach the VAT registration threshold on other sales.
If you have any other queries on this subject please email me


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Alison obtained a First class degree in Accountancy and Management at UCLAN University. She then went on to qualify as a certified accountant in 2006 and became a founder member in 2011.

Alison trained at a practice in Liverpool and, within her 10 years there, she developed as an accounts manager and obtained a varied portfolio of clients which has provided her with a range of experience in accounts, audit, VAT and taxation.
Alison specialises in giving sound jargon-free advice to a range of small and medium sized businesses.

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