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VAT refund - Brexit


Notices on value added tax (VAT) refund procedures for the United Kingdom withdrawal from the EU (Brexit)

The United Kingdom has left the EU at the end of 31 January 2020. The current rules on VAT refund (Council Directive 2008/9/EC of 12 February 2008) will continue to apply until 31 December 2020. You must submit refund applications for periods regarding calendar year 2020 according to the aforementioned Council Directive until 31 march 2021. Attention: For the 2020 refund periods, the application deadline is not 30 September 2021, but six months earlier. Therefore, please submit applications from and to the UK by 31 March 2021 at the latest. If you submit your application after the deadline of 31 March 2021, you can expect to be refused a refund.