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VAT New Means of Transport

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Purchasing a new means of transport in the UK for removal to another member-state: supplies to taxable and non-taxable persons

Supplies to persons who are registered for VAT in another EU member-state

The supply and removal of a new means of transport to a registered person in another member-state is subject to the same accounting requirements as other intra-Community supplies. The zero-rating of these transactions should be supported by normal commercial documentation, including the purchaser’s VAT number and evidence of removal from the UK.

Strictly this is not a supply of NMT, rather an intra-community supply of goods that happen to be means of transport that happen to be ‘new’.

These requirements are described in Notice 725 The Single Market, Notice 703 - Exports and removals of goods from the United Kingdom and Notice 728 New means of transport.

For land vehicles the supplier will normally hold a form VAT 411A enabling a vehicle to be registered with the DVLA on ‘export plates’ (see VATNMT3500).

Supplies to non-taxable persons in another member-state

The term ‘non-taxable person’ typically means a private individual but can refer to non VAT registered businesses. This section is not just directed at persons located in another member-state, but also to UK persons who intend to remove a new means of transport to another member-state. Remember the nationality of the purchaser is not important; it is the destination and intended place of use of the new means of transport that determines the treatment.

The EC and UK legislation treat non-taxable persons as if they were taxable persons for the purposes of the supply of new means of transport. A supplier zero-rating the supply of a new means of transport must hold as part of their business records a fully completed copy of Form VAT 411 (see VATNMT4150), available from the National Advice Service (NAS). A supplier does not need to hold evidence of removal from the UK after a genuine new means of transport supply is made as removal is the responsibility of the purchaser.

This is also covered in Notice 728 New means of transport.

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