Thursday, January 21, 2021

Value Added Tax (VAT) of 20% required for UK customers

Last update to this document: 11/9/21

TrepStar WILL ship to the UK.  Please provide your valid UK VAT ID# if you have one:

As of 11/9/21, we've learned that we can ship product to the UK without a VAD TAX ID# for publishers that sell below £85,000 worth of product each year to UK customers.   This means most (if not all) publishers do not need to provide the UK VAT TAX ID#.  If you have one, please use it (see how to configure it below). 

For sellers that sell more than £85,000 per year, you would be required to provide the UK VAT TAX ID# (see how to configure your TrepStar account below).

Starting early this year (2021), the UK government is now requiring a 20% value added tax (VAT) to be collected from the sender (not the recipient) before they will accept any packages from the USA.  This is part of the new BREXIT rules.  

In the past, the recipient would pay any VAT tax.  Now, the UK is requiring  the seller (you) to collect the VAT in advance, account for it, fill out Tax forms, and submit payments to the UK on a quarterly basis.  There is news that the EU will start doing this in July of 2021. 

The United Kingdom (UK) are countries in Great Britain: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. 

IF you have the UK VAT ID#, within your TrepStar Dashboard, choose the blue 'Account Settings' button. Scroll to the bottom to find a section where you can place a UK VAT TAX ID#

If you apply and receive your UK VAT TAX ID# save it within the Account Settings.  It may be possible some  merchant/shopping cart systems may provide their ID# to you, but we're not sure if this will work (or if this is true).

When orders for the UK come through, we will be able to print that VAT TAX ID# on the postage/customs forms.  We are not sure how this will work yet, but we will be monitoring the system. 

VAT and other countries:

2/1/21: Australia: 

If you have a code that shows tax was paid for your Australia customers, you can try placing it directly on the address.  For example, eBay collects the VAT for AU and your receipts may include this paid code.  Example:

John Smith
ABN#64653316681 Code:PAID
372 James Avenue
Hallam, VIC 3803

Additional Resources:

Here is a good article describing these UK VAT requirements from the site

Are you frustrated by this type of government regulation and overstep? Read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  It may change your life for the better.

Great Britain is the name of the island that is home to the countries of England, Wales, and Scotland.

United Kingdom (UK) is a country that is a union of the countries on the island of Great Britain, along with the country of Northern Ireland (which shares the island of Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.)

The European Union (EU) countries are:   Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

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