Brexit ― postponed accounting on imports after the implementation period

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Brexit ― postponed accounting on imports after the implementation period

The following Value Added Tax guidance note Produced by Tolley provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Brexit ― postponed accounting on imports after the implementation period
  • What is postponed accounting?
  • When will postponed accounting apply?
  • Can non-established taxable persons (NETPs) use postponed accounting?
  • How will postponed accounting be included on a VAT return?
  • Practical points ― postponed accounting

This guidance note looks at when a business will be entitled to account for import VAT under ‘postponed accounting’. Postponed accounting is expected to come into force after the end of the Brexit implementation period.

For an overview of the impact of Brexit on VAT and customs more broadly, see the Brexit ― overview guidance note. For an overview of the impact of Brexit on businesses moving goods between the UK and the EU, see the Brexit ― moving goods between the UK and EU after the implementation period guidance note.

What is postponed accounting?

Postponed accounting is designed to address the cash flow issues that would arise for many businesses if they were obliged to pay import VAT at the point that they import goods into the UK.

In essence, postponed accounting allows a business to account for import VAT via its VAT return rather than at the point that goods come into the UK. If a business is entitled to full VAT recovery, this is effectively an administrative entry; the import VAT is accounted for but it is immediately recovered on the same VAT return. Consequently, a cash

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