Selling vehicles under the Personal Export Scheme (until 31 December 2020)

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Selling vehicles under the Personal Export Scheme (until 31 December 2020)

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

  • Selling vehicles under the Personal Export Scheme (until 31 December 2020)
  • How to use the scheme
  • When can the customer order a motor vehicle under the scheme?
  • When must the customer export the motor vehicle?
  • What needs to be done at the time of sale to use the scheme?
  • Form VAT 410
  • What to do with the HMRC copy of the VAT 410 form
  • What to do with the DVLA copy of the form
  • Export procedure
  • Selling a vehicle under the scheme
  • More...

Providing certain conditions are satisfied, it is possible for motor vehicles to be purchased VAT free if they will be exported to a non-EU country. Businesses, or their advisers, should check and confirm that they can import the motor vehicle into the non-EU country and what restrictions might apply, the required paperwork and the costs involved in the importation.

Please note that this scheme should not be used if the vehicle will be exported directly and not be used in the UK (including driving it to the port / airport where it will be exported) prior to being exported. The export of the car will come within the general export rules and more information can be found in the Exporting goods to non-EU countries (until 31 December 2020) guidance note.

However, it is very important to note that if the business selling the vehicle charges VAT at the time of sale the customer cannot obtain a VAT refund, even if the vehicle is subsequently exported to a country outside of the EU.

If the vehicle will be removed to another EU member state then this scheme cannot be used, however the scheme explained in the EU - selling a new means of transport (NMT) (until 31 December 2020) guidance note may be applicable.

The following types of people are eligible to use the personal export scheme:

  1. an overseas visitor is a person who has been in the EU for less than either of the following periods:

    1. 365 days in the last two years before the date that the person applied to use the scheme, or

    2. 1095 days in the last six years before the date that the person applied to use the scheme, and

    3. the person intends to remain outside of the EU for at least six months with the vehicle

  1. an entitled EU resident is a person who has been in the EU for more than:

    1. 365 days in the last two years before the date that

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