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Brexit. VAT changes for foreign mail order sellers

Overseas mail order sellers now need to register for VAT in the UK

14 Jan 2021

From 1 January 2021, the UK implemented a change in rules for foreign mail order sellers, insisting that they register for VAT in the UK for any items sold to UK customers, collect the correct VAT on behalf of HMRC and pay this to HMRC.

These changes coincided with the departure from the EU’s single market but were not directly linked with Brexit since the UK could have applied its existing rules for non-EU mail order which applied VAT as goods entered the country.

Officials believed they could not police the old rules with the EU importing as well, so decided instead to force all foreign sellers to register for UK VAT if they want to sell to British consumers.

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