Value-added tax services

We offer our clients a full range of VAT compliance check services across most of the 40+ territories where such a tax is in operation.

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“We have found Blick Rothenberg to be a very beneficial service partner in VAT compliance services. They provide a very professional and flexible service and have proved themselves to be very knowledgeable and helpful.”VAT Assistant Manager, SunGard Data Systems Inc.

International VAT

Value-added tax (“VAT”), also known as a goods and services tax (“GST”), is a complicated tax and it is essential that your business complies with requirements, which differ in each territory where such a tax is levied. Failure to understand international VAT regulations can lead to serious financial penalties and interest charges, or a significant and unnecessary increase in running costs for a business.

Whilst VAT is like a sales tax in that ultimately only the end consumer is taxed, it is much more complicated in its operation. A sales tax is collected and remitted to the government only once, at the point of purchase by the end consumer. With VAT, the tax can be required to be collected and remitted each time there is a taxable transaction in the supply chain.

Our VAT services include:


  • Advice on whether to register for VAT
  • Obtaining a VAT registration
  • Determining the most beneficial method of VAT accounting
  • On-going VAT compliance services
  • Preparation and submission of VAT returns to local tax authorities
  • Advice on unusual transactions, reliefs available and/or planning opportunities
  • Intrastat and EC sales reporting
  • VAT planning and advice in connection with complex transactions
  • Liaison with tax authorities in connection with compliance visits and disputes
  • Deregistration
  • Reclaim of VAT incurred in territories other than those where an entity is registered

How our international VAT reclaim service can help your business

To encourage international trade, legislation was adopted by the European Union (8th Directive in 1979, replaced by the electronic cross-border refund system, and 13th Directive in 1986) which provides an opportunity for foreign entities to reclaim VAT on certain European business expenses. With VAT rates of up to 25%, recovery can run into tens of thousands of pounds for many companies.

Where we are providing you with other accounting services we will strive to maximise your reclaim values whilst dealing with all administrative aspects of such a VAT recovery. Our experience in submitting reclaims leaves you free to concentrate on your core business activities. Where the situation is especially complex, or we do not provide you with other administrative services, we are able to introduce you to a specialist firm to manage your reclaims. We will seek the best VAT service for you as a company rather than one which maximises our revenue.

If you wish to find out more about our value-added tax services, please contact partner Jim Brown at jim.brown@blickrothenberg.com