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How do I register for UK VAT an Italian company doing business in UK?

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An Italian company has won a contract to install elctric equipment in a pharmaceutical company in England. They are acquiring material from the UK that will be shipped to the UK pharma company so with VAT. They would like to recover this VAT. If they do not register for VAT in the UK they will not able to reclaim this VAT.

a) They want to get registred as non resident VAT trading. What is the process to do this? 1) registering as a foreing company with HMRC 2) registering for VAT? (I have set up companies for VAT before. If I want to register this company HMRC ask me online the Gateway number that clearly I do not have hence I am thinking I need to register the Italian company with HMRC first?)

b) once registered for UK VAT the VAT on UK purchases will be credit VAT and any invoice to the final UK customer for services plus supplies will include VAT and will be debit VAT? As simple as that?

Thanks for your help

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By jwgrogan
19th Apr 2021 12:41

A foreign company (NETP - Non Established Taxable Person) can set up a UK Government Gateway Account and then register for VAT through that. But the application process is taking months at the moment. Can also be done through an agent in the UK, who doesn't need to be a fiscal representative.

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By FRAM
20th Apr 2021 00:05

jwgrogan wrote:

A foreign company (NETP - Non Established Taxable Person) can set up a UK Government Gateway Account and then register for VAT through that. But the application process is taking months at the moment. Can also be done through an agent in the UK, who doesn't need to be a fiscal representative.

Thanks so much. Do you know the link to start the registration? Once I have created a new Gateway ID as usual I just go to : "register for VAT"?

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By jwgrogan
20th Apr 2021 15:27

Sorry, don't know. I do all mine through an agent account.

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