Received an enquiry via a really good client (probably top client) from an overseas (outside EU) person asking me to register them for VAT.
They sell on Amazon and this is an area HMRC are rightly clamping down on so there is no threshold for registration. Guidance is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-overseas-businesses-using-an-online-mark...
What I didn't realise was the clause:
"If you’re the UK VAT representative of an overseas seller failing to meet their UK VAT requirements, HMRC can hold you jointly and severally liable for the VAT they owe from the date you become their representative."
So I'm obviously grabbing the nearest pole from a passing barge, but my question is how can HMRC insist on this - imagine if this extended to all VAT clients?