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HMRC internal manual

VAT New Means of Transport

Treatment of specific cases: non-NMT movements

Acquisition of vehicles that are no longer new means of transport from another member-state

Means of transport that move between EC member states after they have ceased to be NMT (as defined) will not be subject to acquisition tax in normal circumstances. However, if the vehicle has not been subject to VAT in any member state then enquires will need to be made into whether VAT is due here.

Not all EU member-states have the same 2 month removal rule (VATNMT4300) with periods of time ranging between 1 day and 1 year. That means there is plenty of scope for means of transport to legitimately arrive in the UK tax-free but no longer new means of transport as defined in VATNMT3000.

If the means of transport is untaxed that is a good indication that there was an intention to remove and tax elsewhere. Reference to the “Swedish yacht case” VATNMT3600 should assist in looking at the intentions of the customer.

If the conclusion if that the tax is due in another member State then the PTU can notify the authorities there and collect the VAT on their behalf