My husband registered for an online course with one of the Educational institute in UK.They charged a VAT in addition to the course fee.One of my friend told that VAT can be refunded if we are not residing in UK.Is it possible to get back the VAT we paid.If so what is the procedure?
VAT would be charged because the product is either brought in or ordered from UK. VAT in UK mostly applicable depending upon the residing country. Example, there are some exemptions on VAT prices between EU & Non-EU nations. The current rate of VAT is 17.5%. There are certain processes involved for a VAT Refund Scheme filing. I am not a specialist with the UK laws. But there are 2 options available for you.
Write to that Educational Institute
Or, get in touch with UK authorities
As per the official website of UK VAT law-----
supplies are outside the scope of VAT if they are:
1. made outside the UK and Isle of Man
2. not made in the course of business.
hence u can be exempted ,but this is only the half story,,
VAT is payable if:
1. by a taxable person
2. in the course of a business
3. are not specifically exempted or zero-rated.
now VAT should be paid if it is made in the course of business and as per the website----Business includes-:
"The way in which self-employed people carrying on any trade, vocation or profession,"
Now as far as i think ,in your husband's case, he is carrying out a professional course so he may come under VAT,so may be possible they have some other policies for people residing outside Europe, one cant be sure until he/she is ...more