The basics of VAT registration – what you need to know
If you’re in the UK: and you’re storing goods and selling to UK customers, you need to register for VAT if you sell more than £85,000 of goods.If you’re selling into the UK from another EU country: you need to register for VAT in the UK (and not just your home country) if your sales into the UK exceed more than £70,000.
Even if your sales don’t exceed £70,000 you may still need to register for VAT.
Any EU seller who holds goods in the UK: for example if you use Fulfilment by Amazon and their distribution warehouse in the UK, needs to register for VAT, even if you don’t reach the £70,000 threshold.
If you’re outside of the EU: there is no threshold for sales, but if you store any goods in the UK that you sell anywhere in the EU, you will need to register for VAT.
Why you need to add your VAT number to your Amazon account
It holds marketplaces like Amazon ‘jointly and severely liable’ for all of the VAT owed by non-UK sellers operating on their platform. If the sellers don’t pay, Amazon has to.As you’d expect, Amazon doesn’t want to be responsible for any payments, so they are cracking down on overseas sellers themselves. They say that if you should be VAT registered and you don’t include a UK VAT number in your account, then that account could be suspended.
ChannelGrabber supports VAT registered multichannel sellers
ChannelGrabber makes that as simple as possible, automating your invoices and streamlining your order processes – wherever you are VAT registered.With ChannelGrabber, you can:
- Easily add a UK VAT number
Just go to your account, turn VAT on (if it isn’t already) and select GB. Then add your VAT number.
- Add VAT numbers for each country you’re registered in
If you’re an established eCommerce business, you’re likely selling in multiple EU countries, and may need to be VAT registered in several of them. In your ChannelGrabber account, simply select the relevant country code to add multiple VAT registration numbers.
- Add different VAT numbers for different companies
If you use your ChannelGrabber account for different trading companies, you can add a VAT number for each of them separately too. Just manage your existing company in your account, toggling “Use legal company VAT” to OFF, and “VAT registered” to ON.
Once you have added all your applicable VAT numbers, whichever channel your order comes through will be automatically assigned the relevant country’s VAT details – based on the buyer’s location.
You don’t need to worry about a thing.
For more information on how to use VAT in ChannelGrabber, take a look at our full, uncomplicated guide on VAT Compliance.
If you’re not using ChannelGrabber yet, then register for an account with us today: