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Do we need to register for VAT in NL?

Where I work has a customer based in NL who have requested that the VAT invoices we raise for the goods are raised in euros at 21% (NL VAT rate). The goods invoices being raised separately in dollars.

They have said this is due to the goods we are selling them coming from a bonded warehouse, also in the Netherlands, therefore not import.

We are not registered for Dutch VAT, and the NL VAT number quoted on the invoice was for a company that we use for custom clearance, with the statement "limited fiscal representative".  I've tried to look into this myself (being very new to EU VAT rules), and read that the term limited implies that in this case, our representative don't handle the payment of VAT to the Dutch tax authority. Have I got this correct?

Does anyone know if this means I need to get the company registered for VAT in NL?

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By Ruddles
08th Nov 2017 18:51

I think you need to read through your question and re-phrase it, adding the missing information, so that it makes sense.

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to Ruddles
08th Nov 2017 21:48

As I said, I'm new to EU VAT rules, so not sure what the missing information is.

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By Ruddles
08th Nov 2017 21:51

You need to explain exactly where the goods have come from to where, and who is invoicing who for what.

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to Ruddles
08th Nov 2017 22:13

The goods are held in the bonded warehouse, I would guess they came into the warehouse from the UK but would need to check.

It is metal we are selling to a customer, so an invoice was raised by us for U.K. VAT, and the customer told us to change it to NL VAT.

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By Ruddles
to RhiannonG
08th Nov 2017 22:29

You need to speak to your accountants ASAP - and possibly book yourself into a VAT course.

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to Ruddles
08th Nov 2017 22:24

I'm already looking into VAT courses as I know it's one of my weak areas.

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08th Nov 2017 21:52

You say "Where I work ...". Are you responsible for finance matters in the business? Questions like this would normally be a responsibility of the finance function who would deal with the question or seek advice from the business's external accounting and tax adviser.

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to Accountant A
08th Nov 2017 22:09

I am the finance function. This is me seeking advice, in case it is something simple that I'm not aware of before referring to our external accountant if it is more complex!

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By Ruddles
to RhiannonG
08th Nov 2017 22:17

VAT is seldom as straightforward as one would like, especially where cross-border transactions are involved.

Your query is very typical of the kind of question that I regularly receive from clients - so I’d suggest that you do go straight to your own accountants for advice.

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to RhiannonG
09th Nov 2017 12:20

It's a complex enough area that the accountant won't think you're daft for asking. They'll be better placed to devote the time needed to answer your question fully.

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