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VAT on invoices

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As of 30 March 2019, all EU law will cease to apply to the UK, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, or the European Council and the UK decide unanimously to extend the two-year negotiation period. For more information about the legal repercussions for businesses:

Normally, if you are registered for VAT and you make sales to other businesses, you must issue a VAT invoice — either in paper or electronic form. VAT is normally added to the price of the goods or services on your invoice.

Your VAT identification number must be shown on all invoices you give to customers, as well as the amount of VAT being charged and other standard items.

Exceptions

There are some exceptions to this rule.

For example, if you provide a service to another business, that is not located in the same EU country as your company is based, the VAT will not appear on your invoice. This does not mean the service is not subject to VAT, just that the VAT would be accounted for and paid directly by your business partner in the other EU country.

Similarly, if you make an export of goods to a non-EU country, your invoice will not show VAT. Normally, the buyer in the non-EU country will be subject to importation rules of its country.

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