HMRC have released an update on import VAT if there is no deal Brexit. This explains how VAT registered business should account for import VAT and recover input tax.

No deal Brexit

  • In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, from 11pm GMT on 29 March 2019, businesses registered for VAT in the UK will be able to account for import VAT on their VAT return rather than pay when, or soon after, the goods arrive at the UK border.
  • This will apply to goods from both EU and non-EU countries and will help businesses currently moving goods into the UK from other EU member states to reduce any cash flow impacts after the UK leave the EU.
  • Businesses or individuals who are not VAT registered in the UK will not be able to account for import VAT in this way. They’ll need to pay import VAT up front at the time of import.
  • From 29 March 2019, all businesses importing goods into the UK will need a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number.

See HMRC Accounting for Import VAT