4 Eyes Ltd has considerable experience in advising clients with multi national operations on the recovery of VAT incurred in the UK and throughout the EU using the EC8th and EC13th Directive refund mechanism.
In our experience, (backed up by recent questioning of major exhibitors at the Chinese Import & Export Fair) many businesses that attend exhibitions throughout the EU are unaware of the possibility of recovering local VAT incurred on their expenses such as the stand, hotels, etc. This local VAT is typically not less than 20% of the total cost of attendance and represents a significant cost. Folllowing an exhibition, 4 Eyes Ltd will take your invoices and identify any recoverable VAT. We will then process the claim on your behalf. Remember that your business does not have to be VAT registered in the particular European country, or even making any taxable supplies at that time. VAT recovery is likely to be available for all companies (EU and international) providing that the expenses were incurred for business purposes.