Direct sale of goods below £135 via a marketplace
Based on the nature of the transactions, the responsibilities are the following
The merchant is selling goods to consumers via the marketplace with a value below £135 and the goods are shipped to the UK. This transaction is subject to UK VAT. For VAT purposes the marketplace “qualifies as a supplier” for this transaction, regarded as if he is purchasing the goods from the merchant and then selling them to consumers and is obliged to charge UK VAT at the point of sale. The marketplace has to register for VAT in the UK, file VAT returns and pay VAT to the tax authorities
*Please note that special rules apply for sales to business customers, sales to Northern Ireland, sales of goods subject to excise duties and gifts.
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