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Reclaim VAT paid to Amazon pre-VAT regsistration

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We sell on Amazon and have recently become UK VAT registered. Amazon have a LU VAT number and since becoming VAT registered no longer charge us VAT on their fees. Before this however they did charge VAT, which we cannot reclaim as we did not pay it in the UK.

Is there any argument that they should not have charged us VAT in the first place? I have read the following on another forum regarding a similar situation:

"Strictly speaking you shouldn’t have been charged EU VAT in the first place as B2B supply of services is taxable where the customer belongs under the general rule, but a lot of companies don’t apply this treatment unless the customer is VAT registered."

Is this accurate? And if so is there any way to get Amazon to refund the VAT payments?

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By Les Howard
13th Jul 2020 17:24

Its a question to ask Amazon. I think they should do refund the VAT. Whether they will do so is a different question!

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By bodod
13th Jul 2020 17:38

Thanks for your input. So you think they shouldn't have charged VAT in the first place? I would need to have some good sources to prove my case. Would you happen to know a source that states this point?

Also any idea how far back I can go with this?

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By SXGuy
14th Jul 2020 07:14

Did you have an amazon business account? If not perhaps they treated you as b2c.

Anyway good luck but as far as I know they always charge vat unless registered. Will be a hard argument to have with them.

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By bodod
14th Jul 2020 11:03

Well I had a "pro" account, there's no explicit business account.

Do you think it's a battle not worth fighting? Also do you happen to know how far back I could try and reclaim the VAT?

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By bodod
15th Jul 2020 16:16

Anyone else have any advice on this? Any sources that could support my case (i.e. that they should never have charged VAT in the first place) would be super helpful. Or if an accountant is willing to help me with this for a fee I'm open to that too.

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By bodod
16th Jul 2020 16:44

Last bump and then I'll shut up, promise. Can anyone offer some clarity?

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By Hanleymail
17th Jul 2020 00:58

It can be done! I got more than £10k back from Amazon for a client. Effectively a sales ledger adjustment.
We had an agreed much earlier effective vat registration date. Refund approved after just two messages to support.

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By bodod
17th Jul 2020 09:32

Wow, amazing news. Do you know how far back they went? Also would you be able to share what you initially messaged to support?

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