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VAT Question for services bought from Switzerland

Hi there,

A few years ago I required the services of a lawyer in Amsterdam. They always billed me ex VAT because we are in Switzerland, not in EU etc.

I now have the same situation but the lawyer is in the UK. I assume that the situation is the same but my question is...

1) Is it correct that they can also bill me ex VAT

2) If so, why exactly?

I did read this thread... buying services in UK, invoice to swiss address, paying VAT?

However, I cannot say it made things crystal clear. Would it be because the "place of supply" is Switzerland?

The reason I ask is that I may need to explain to the lawyer why I would like to be billed ex VAT, if indeed it is proper to do so.
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Re: VAT Question for services bought from Switzerland

Please see below:

VAT on services

UK VAT may need to be charged on services performed in Switzerland, depending on the nature of the service supplied. This is a complex area, but broadly, assuming the supplier belongs in the UK and the customer belongs in Switzerland, UK VAT will need to be charged on most services unless one of the following exceptions applies:
  • UK VAT does not need to be charged on services relating to land or property situated in Switzerland. This includes estate agency, conveyancing, architects, surveying, construction, property maintenance, hotel accommodation, defined exhibition stands, and property management services.
  • UK VAT does not need to be charged on most services related to a live event or physical activity carried out in Switzerland. This includes cultural, artistic, sporting, scientific, educational, training, entertainment, exhibition and valuation services.
  • UK VAT does not need to be charged on passenger transport carried out in Switzerland.
  • UK VAT does not need to be charged on most ‘intellectual’ services supplied to a customer who belongs in Switzerland. This includes copyright, royalties, licences, advertising, consultants, engineers, lawyers, accountants, banking and insurance. If the service relates to land or property situated in the UK, VAT still needs to be charged.
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