Non-resident landlord - do I pay agent VAT?

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    Non-resident landlord - do I pay agent VAT?

    Hi again - I noticed in a letter from an agent last year that as a non-resident landlord (I don┬┤t live at the property and am not UK resident either) I would not have to pay VAT on their percentage charges. Is this true for all agents...? Appreciate any replies... Many thanks.

    #2
    Wrong forum. Please repost in TAX.
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      #3
      My understanding is that you would only have to pay VAT if:

      a. the agent is registered for VAT; and
      b. you are resident in an EU jurisdiction.

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        #4
        Originally posted by dominic View Post
        My understanding is that you would only have to pay VAT if:

        a. the agent is registered for VAT; and
        b. you are resident in an EU jurisdiction.
        My version is...

        a. the agent is registered for VAT; and
        b. the service is provided in an EU jurisdiction

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          #5
          Don't think that is correct snorkerz. You can get a vat refund if, for example, you buy somethng in the uk but are a us citzen resident in the us.

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            #6
            Yes, but only if you export it to the US. In the case of a letting agent, the "Place of Supply" is the UK - the service is only carried out in the UK (ie, not the 'purchasers' homeland).

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              #7
              My law firm doesn't charge VAT to non-EU clients, even though the service is most definitely supplied in the UK!

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