Sept 2020 eBay UK Seller Release: 2021 VAT Changes

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On the 1st January 2021 VAT changes come into effect which will determine how marketplaces are required to handle VAT on sales. In today’s sellers release eBay set out the VAT Changes and how they will impact sellers on eBay UK and EU sites.

eBay UK 1st January 2021 VAT Changes

    Imports

  • The current VAT exemption for imports of goods in small consignment of a value of up to £15 into the UK will be abolished.
  • eBay will collect and remit VAT on consignments up to a value of £135 imported into the UK and sold to consumers.
  • In cases where the seller is a non-UK business and the goods are already in the UK, eBay will collect and remit VAT for supplies of goods sold to consumers within the UK.

    UK businesses

  • If the buyer is a UK VAT registered business and provides their valid UK VAT registration number, the responsibility to account for VAT will switch to the UK VAT registered business customer.

    Vat rate display

  • All sellers will have to provide a gross price and separate VAT rate on their UK listings, so that eBay can determine the correct amount of VAT to collect from consumers.
  • All prices will be displayed inclusive of UK VAT. Where eBay is responsible for collecting VAT, this amount will also be shown separately at checkout.

We’re currently not sure how sellers on specific VAT schemes such as the Flat Rate Scheme and Margin Scheme will handle these changes, but we’ve put in a request to eBay for more details.

eBay EU 1st July 2021 VAT Changes

From 1 July 2021, the EU will introduce significant changes to how VAT is collected on imports into the EU, supplies within the EU by non-EU sellers and cross border supplies by EU sellers.

    Non EU Businesss

  • The current VAT exemption for imports of goods in small consignment of a value of up to €22 into the EU will be abolished.
  • eBay will collect and remit VAT for imports of consignments up to a value of €150 shipped into the EU and sold to consumers.
  • For goods where the seller is a non-EU business but the goods are already within the EU, eBay will collect and remit VAT on sales to consumers within EU countries, and from one EU country to another.

    EU Businesses

  • The current distance selling thresholds for intra-EU cross-border supplies will be abolished.
  • EU sellers with an annual turnover of more than €10,000 for their complete intra-EU cross-border supplies will have to charge the VAT of the EU country of delivery.

    Vat rate display

  • All sellers will have to provide a gross price and separate VAT rate on their listings, so that eBay can determine the correct amount of VAT to collect from consumers.

As eBay is preparing for these changes, cross-border trade sellers should also assess the impact on their business and prepare for the changes. It is recommended that you contact your tax adviser for questions on your VAT obligations.

15 Responses

  1. It will be interesting to see how the China man dodges this one. They normally find a way to get around the rules on EBay.

    Item location and vat fraud are rife with Chinese sellers

  2. Have known about this for a while and it’s good to progress.

    However there are holes like ‘marked as gift’. Which will be exploited to the maximum.

    This was off course very common, until the chinese worked out no one really checks anything.

    I’m expected many foreign based sellers to fill in UK fake addresses very soon including po boxes or fulfilment centres and nothing really to change. HMRC will keep handing them out VAT numbers without proper checks, there are ZERO checks when you register a limited company, nor are there any proper checks on eBay or Amazon.

    It’s taken years to get here, and the fraudsters will adapt very quickly, then it will take years again.

    I’m giving up more or less.

  3. For goods where the seller is a non-EU business but the goods are already within the EU, eBay will collect and remit VAT on sales to consumers within EU countries, and from one EU country to another.’

    So the UK wont be in the EU by then so marketplace will be responsible for the collection of VAT ? Honestly that would be great, save a fortune in accounting fees.

  4. So what will happen with small UK business sellers who are not VAT registered as their annual turnover is below the VAT threshold?

  5. does this mean we can no longer pocket the vat element of sales to to non-eu countries like US and Aus?

  6. We’re on a the “Global” VAT scheme and sell all collectables and antiques – not sure how this will work?!

  7. let’s see if it makes any differnce (i hope it does) as of today, thouands of office chairs and other items being sold by chinese sellers, who are not paying vat, and must simply be sending form a UK warehouse.. (non of these are up to UK Fire standards but eBay doesn’t really care and niether do they). Fair competition is almost impossible ?

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