Brexit: Claim VAT refunds from EU countries from 1 January 2021

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Find out how to claim VAT refunds from EU member states from 1 January 2021

You can continue to use the EU VAT refund system to claim a VAT refund on expenses incurred before 1 January 2021 in EU member states, until 11pm on 31 March 2021.

You will not be able to use HMRC’s VAT online services to claim a VAT refund from an EU member state from 1 January 2021. Find out how to make a claim.

You’ll still be able to view or amend your previous claims until 31 January 2022.

Claim a refund after Brexit

Each EU member state has its own process for refunding VAT to businesses based outside the EU. You’ll need to use the process for the EU member state where you’re claiming a refund, even for unclaimed expenses you had before 31 December 2020.

The European Commission provides information on what the process is for each country.

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First published 2 October 2019