VAT and invoicing with German clients

Question

If you were to invoice a German customer for consultancy services in relation to land also in Germany, do you have to invoice + German VAT or because both the customer and land are within the EU and same country it still follows the reverse charge rules and the UK supplier zero rates the supply?

This question was asked as part of our webinar on exporting for services. You can find a link to the webinar at:

http://opentoexport.com/webinars/exporting-essentials-im-service/

Answer

We would need to know a bit more about your specific case and also if both parties are VAT registered. the 0 rated invoices only work with both companies VAT registered and there are exceptions for specific sectors and types of services.  If you could confirm where you are based (county/postcode, one of our EEN advisers in your area should be able to get the answer for you). you can also check the following HMRC guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-notice-741a-place-of-supply-of-services/vat-notice-741a-place-of-supply-of-services

Kind regards

Mathilde

Enterprise Europe Network East of England.

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