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Re: Why is Dropbox charging Irish VAT to UK customers?

Why is Dropbox charging Irish VAT to UK customers?

Richard T.21
Explorer | Level 3

The UK left the EU to all intents and purposes on 1 January 2021.

 

Businesses providing digital services to Britain from outside Britain are obliged to register for British VAT from that date and their invoices should show a British VAT number: "If you’re selling digital services from the EU to the UK you will need to register and account for VAT." from paragraph 2.5 on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accounting-for-vat-on-goods-moving-between-great-britain-...

 

A search shows that Irish VAT is not applicable to supplies such as these outside the EU, because the place of supply is considered to be where the service is used (not supplied).  British VAT is probably applicable, in which cases a British VAT number should be quoted on Dropbox invoices.

 

Dropbox should supply a VAT invoice with a British VAT number on it. The Irish VAT invoice is incorrect. This would mean that the VAT is payable to the British government (and reclaimable if the customer is VAT registered in Britain).

 

Please can anyone explain why Dropbox invoices charge Irish VAT?

 

Many thanks.

 

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Re: Why is Dropbox charging Irish VAT to UK customers?

Lori
Dropboxer
Hi @Richard T.21, let's see what we can find together! 

Since this would require some account specific info, do you mind if I reach out to your Community email? 

I'd be happy to have a look into this with you, and see how we can go on about it. 

Keep me posted.

Lori
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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Re: Why is Dropbox charging Irish VAT to UK customers?

Richard T.21
Explorer | Level 3

Thank you for your reply.

 

I don't think this has much to do with account specifics at all - it's pretty general - but if you want to reach out to me, please feel free.  Please could you confirm whether or not you work for Dropbox for me?

 

Just for clarity: I am in the UK (England, in fact - the address Dropbox has on file says that, too). Dropbox invoices come from an Irish-based company (Dropbox International Unlimited Company) at a Dublin address, charge VAT, and have an Irish VAT number on them (and not a British one). You have charged in GBP.

 

Do you generally charge Irish VAT to British customers, and provide invoices to British customers with Irish VAT numbers on them? If you can answer that particular question for me, I can decide how to take the matter further with you.  To me, it looks like Dropbox is not correctly operating VAT (per UK VAT regulations, and based primarily on an invoice Dropbox raised in the last few days), but I am happy to be proved wrong.

Re: Why is Dropbox charging Irish VAT to UK customers?

Mark
Super User II

Part of this is a large VAT issue that the whole EU put in (the UK did it before the EU). Part of this legislation was to start charging VAT dependent upon where you buy - so things like Alibaba now do the same when you buy.

 

See https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/money_and_tax/tax/duties_and_vat/value_added_tax.html. for some more info. 


 


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Re: Why is Dropbox charging Irish VAT to UK customers?

Richard T.21
Explorer | Level 3

Dropbox is providing digital services. The rules are simple both in the EU and in the UK.  If you supply from outside the country to another country, and you are within the rules for VAT registration (threshold limits apply), then you should be charging the VAT rate and account for it within the country receiving the digital services. Irish VAT should not be charged. British VAT should (providing that Dropbox have hit the registration threshold and have therefore registered for British VAT).

 

Dropbox don't seem to be doing this.  Why?

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