Get a certificate to verify the status of your overseas business

Verify the business status of overseas businesses established outside the EU using form VAT66A.


Certificate of status of business person (VAT66A)

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Use form VAT66A to verify your business status when making 13th Directive claims for VAT incurred in the UK.

When you claim for the first time, and every 12 months after that, you must give HMRC an official certificate proving that you’re registered as business in your own country. The certificate must be an original and show:

  • the name, address and official stamp of the authorising body
  • your own name and address and any trading name you use
  • what your business does
  • your business registration number

The certificate is valid for 12 months and will be accepted for all claims you make during that period. At the end of the 12 months you must send a new certificate with your next claim.

Email HMRC to ask for this form in Welsh (Cymraeg).

Help and guidance relating to this form

Non-EU businesses - visiting the UK - getting VAT refunds
If you’re registered as a business outside of the EU you may be able to get back some of the VAT you pay during business trips to the UK. This guidance provides a general overview.

Notice 723A - refunds of VAT in the European Community for EC and non-EC businesses
Use this notice if you’re VAT registered in an EC member state to reclaim VAT paid on business expenses in another member state.

Published 4 April 2014