VAT Guides Industry-specific

Cross-border VAT Recovery

In order to encourage international trade, the EU has created special mechanisms to allow businesses to recover VAT cross-border. In other words, if you are not established in an EU country but you have incurred VAT there for business purposes, there is a special claim you can submit in order to have the VAT refunded.

The EU operates two schemes, one for EU businesses known as the ‘EU refund mechanism’ (formerly the 8th directive) and the other for non-EU business known as the ‘13th Directive’. There are certain requirements that business must fulfil to be able to reclaim using these schemes.

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