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Do I charge VAT on tickets to online events?

Is VAT chargeable on delegate tickets to online events

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I work for a Trade Association and we run tradeshows and conferences. We are now running a virtual festival in May, with delegates paying to attend and listen to speakers and network online. Should I charge VAT on the ticket prices, for UK, EU and outside EU delegates?

I can't find any guidance on this and I'm unclear.

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By paul.benny
07th Apr 2020 14:17

Charges UK attendees and advertisers are standard rated in exactly the same way as if it were a physical event.

For EU and non-EU participants, it's a little more complicated - take a look at VAT741a (on gov.uk) and in particular the section about digital services. That is one of the more complex areas of VAT and you may need (paid for) specialist advice.

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