Who are eligible for a VAT refund?
A company can be entitled to reclaim the VAT from its business expenditures in a foreign country if the following minimum requirements are met:
- If a non-EU established business is seeking a VAT refund from a European country, the home country of the applicant has to have a reciprocity agreement with that particular European country – meaning that the country of the applicant has to grant the same treatment to businesses from that European Country. Hence, not all EU countries grant VAT refunds to US based businesses.
- The company must provide written proof from the authorities confirming that the claimant is registered for business purpose (for US based companies they will need to provide the IRS 6166 form). If the company´s country of origin is within Europe it has to have a VAT registration in its country of origin.
- Only VAT paid on business-related expenses is eligible for VAT refund.
- The company cannot have been subject to VAT in the country in question in the period from which one is reclaiming the VAT.
In some cases refund will not be granted to a US based company if the company has a VAT registration in another EU country.
Please contact us for a short free consultation on the VAT arrangements in the country in which you wish to reclaim your VAT.