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The UK has a standard VAT rate and one reduced VAT rate. In addition, a number of items are zero rated

UK VAT refunds

VAT repayments are automatically refunded by the UK tax authorities into the UK bank account of the company. It is not possible to carry forward a VAT credit to the next reporting period. Normally, it takes 10 to 15 days to get a VAT refund from the day the VAT return is submitted.

A UK bank account is mandatory to get your refunds via bank transfer. In case you do not have a UK account, HMRC will issue a cheque in the name of the company that can be cashed in an overseas bank account. If this check cannot be cashed, the business will need to open a UK bank account to get the VAT refund. It takes a longer time to get your VAT refunds via cheque.

The tax authorities may ask additional questions or carry an audit before accepting a repayment. In these cases, the VAT refund would be delayed.

More information is available in the online guidelines published by the authorities.

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