|HMRC Reference:Notice 700/62 (July 2013)||View Change History|
This notice cancels and replaces Notice 700/62 (July 2013). Details of any changes to the previous version can be found in paragraph 1.2 of this notice.
This notice is about the VAT treatment of self-billing. Self-billing is a commercial arrangement between a supplier and a customer in which the customer prepares the supplier’s invoice and forwards a copy to the supplier with the payment.
You may only issue self-billed invoices to your suppliers if:
You do not need to seek HMRC’s authorisation to operate self-billing.
HMRC has made changes to the July 2013 edition to make the notice suitable for publication on www.Gov.uk.
This notice is written for customers who operate, or wish to operate, self-billing with their suppliers and for suppliers who accept, or wish to accept, self-billed invoices from their customers.
If you are a
see especially sections
customer who issues, or who wants to start issuing self-billed invoices to your suppliers (in other words, you are a self-biller),
sections 2 - 5 and 7 – 8.
supplier and one of your customers issues, or wants to issue, you with self-billed invoices (in other words, you are a self-billee),
sections 6 and 7 – 8.
The relevant law is
Part of this notice has the force of law under these regulations. It is indicated by being placed in a box.
The advantages of self-billing are:
Before you begin self-billing, you should consider the following points:
You can only issue self-billed invoices to suppliers with whom you have set up formal self-billing agreements. The table below summarises what the VAT regulations say about what makes a valid self-billing agreement.
A valid self- billing agreement must
include the supplier’s agreement to the self-biller raising invoices in respect of his (the self-billee’s) supplies.
specify that the supplier agrees not to raise VAT invoices for supplies covered by the agreement.
contain a start date and expiry date, though the expiry date can be related to the term of any contract between the supplier and customer.
bind both you and your supplier. This means it should be in writing, either on paper or in electronic form.
be produced if you are asked to produce it by one of our visiting officers.
You can’t claim the VAT back on a self-billed invoice you have raised if the supplier is not VAT-registered, so it is advisable for the agreement to include:
A valid self- billing agreement must
the supplier’s agreement that he will tell the self-biller if he
Your self-billed invoice replaces your supplier’s sales invoice, so it is helpful for the agreement to:
A valid self- billing agreement must
make it clear if you intend to outsource responsibility for issuing the self-bills to a third party, such as an accounting bureau.
Remember, any invoice must conform with the rules for a self-billed VAT invoice in paragraph 4.2.
To help you prepare an agreement, HMRC has provided an example at section 8 of this notice. You may use this and complete it with your own and your supplier’s details if you wish.
If you prefer, you can prepare your own agreement or make it part of the contract with your supplier. If you do this, remember to include all the information required in an agreement.
A self-billing agreement will specify the period that the agreement is to run for. If you want to carry on self-billing at the end of that period:
However, if you have a business contract with your supplier, you may not need to make separate self-billing agreements. If the self-billing agreement is included in the terms of the contract, the agreement will last until the end date of the contract. In these circumstances, you would not need to review the self-billing agreement until the contract had expired.
Reviewing agreements is important, because it allows you to confirm that your supplier is:
For this reason it is advisable to carry out a review every 12 months.
No. If you have a large number of suppliers, and you made self-billing agreements with them on different dates, you will review each agreement when its expiry date occurs.
If you do make individual agreements with your suppliers on the same date, and the agreements all expire on the same date (for example, you have agreed with all of your suppliers to operate VAT self-billing for a period of 12 months from today's date) you may find it difficult to review all of the agreements on the same date. In such a situation you may, if you wish, review the agreements on a rolling basis spread over 6 to 12 months.
If you do this, take care when setting the time limits on your original agreements. Please remember, you must avoid self-billing any supplier at any time when you do not have their written agreement to do so.
If you are providing self-billed invoices to a supplier for a period of less than 12 months, you will not normally need to review the agreement.
Without an agreement, the self-billed invoices you have issued are not evidence of your entitlement to input tax. HMRC may assess you for tax and charge you a penalty if you have claimed input tax on them.
This section covers the rules that apply when you have a formal agreement with your supplier to self-bill.
If you are a self-biller you must:
You must not issue self-billed VAT invoices:
One way that you can check whether the VAT registration number and address provided by your supplier is valid is by entering the VAT registration number on the European Commission VIES VAT registration number validation page at VIES VAT number validation.
The invoices must contain all the data elements listed in paragraph 16.3 of Notice 700 The VAT Guide.
The following rule has the force of law
You must clearly mark each self-billed invoice you raise with the reference: 'SELF BILLING'.
HMRC advises that you should also include the following statement on each self-billed invoice you raise:
'The VAT shown is your output tax due to HM Revenue & Customs'.
This will help to prevent your suppliers claiming the VAT back on these invoices by mistake.
You may carry on self-billing if this method of accounting suits both you and your suppliers. If you do decide to continue self-billing, you must make a new self-billing agreement with each supplier.
If you are not sure whether you want to self-bill your suppliers, section 2 will help you to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages.
If you use a third party service provider to issue self-billed invoices on your behalf, you are still responsible for ensuring that the invoices are issued.
This is because your suppliers will have agreed to accept the invoices that you issue on their behalf. So, you will still be responsible for:
You should not reduce the value of a supply for which you have already raised a self-billed invoice by reducing the total you show on a subsequent invoice. Instead, you should issue a debit note for the amount by which the value of the supply has been changed.
If this happens, the self-billed invoices you issue will not be proper invoices. They will not be evidence of your right to deduct input tax and your supplier will have to issue his own invoices.
Claiming input tax incorrectly can result in an assessment, which may carry a penalty and interest.
To help avoid this, please remember that you cannot claim input tax:
If you find that you have claimed input tax incorrectly, please see Notice 700/45 How to correct VAT errors and make adjustments or claims. This will tell you how to correct the error and how you can avoid a penalty.
The normal tax point rules described in sections 14 and 15 of Notice 700 The VAT Guide apply, apart from those linked to the issue of a VAT invoice. This is because issuing a self-billed invoice does not normally create a tax point in the same way as happens when a supplier issues its own VAT invoice.
The one exception to this is where you issue a self-billed invoice within 14 days of the basic tax point as described in paragraph 14.2.2(b) of Notice 700 The VAT Guide. This creates a tax point.
You can claim input tax on a self-billed invoice in the accounting period in which the tax point falls (in line with paragraph 5.1 above).
Where you issue a self-billed invoice with payment to the supplier, you may use a notional tax point for the purposes of claiming back input tax. The notional tax point is the day after the date the self-bill invoice was issued.
The customer will seek your agreement in writing. There is an example of a written agreement at section 8. The agreement that your customer asks you to sign will be similar to this.
The rules for agreements are explained in paragraph 3.1.
You will need to keep a copy of any self-billing agreement you make. You can keep it in either a paper or electronic format, but you must be able to produce it if one of HMRC’s visiting officers asks you to.
Once you have given your agreement, the main rules that apply to you as a self-billee are explained in paragraph 6.3.
HMRC will not insist that you agree to self-billing. But your customer may make self-billing a condition of doing business with you.
If you are a self-billee, you must:
The self-billed invoice is for supplies you have made to your customer, and the VAT shown on it is your output tax. You need to account for this on the VAT payable side of your VAT Account (see section 6 of Notice 700/21 Keeping Records and Accounts).
Self-billees sometimes make the mistake of treating their self-billed invoices as purchase invoices. If you have treated the VAT on a self-billed invoice as your input tax, this is an error. Section 2 of Notice 700/45 How to correct VAT errors and make adjustments or claims tells you how to correct the error.
Remember, you must not issue your own sales invoices in respect of any transactions covered by the self-billing agreement.
This is governed by the tax point in the normal way. The rules are described in sections 14 and 15 of Notice 700 The VAT Guide. There is more information about the effect these rules have on self-billed supplies in section 5 of this notice.
Your customer is required to show the tax point on the self-billed invoice. You need to be aware that, under the normal tax point rules, you may be required to account for output tax even if you have not yet:
you will have to tell your customer/s and arrange to issue your own invoices for the supplies you make to them.
Yes. Self-billing is not restricted to domestic supplies. You may hold self-billing agreements with businesses in EU Member States and in countries outside the EU.
Individual Member States cannot impose additional conditions for VAT self billing, so there will not be any additional conditions or procedures for self billing in the Member State in whose territory the goods or services are supplied.
The following table tells you what you will need to bear in mind if you have self-billing agreements for supplies of goods with non-UK businesses.
If you are a
Then you need to
self-biller being supplied with goods from another Member State
be aware that the self-billed invoice may establish the time of acquisition in the same way as an invoice the supplier issued would. You can find more information about the time of acquisition in section 4 of Notice 725 The Single Market.
self-billee supplying goods to another Member State
be able to meet the conditions in paragraph 3.1 of Notice 725 The Single Market so that you have evidence to support the zero-rating of your supply. Remember that, when you negotiate the agreement, you will be agreeing to accept all the invoices that your customer issues on your behalf. Remember also that the terms of this agreement may be different from those in the agreements you have signed with your UK customers for the reason given in paragraph 7.2.
self-biller being supplied with goods from a country outside the EU
familiarise yourself with the rules about import VAT in Notice 702 Imports. You may also need to check what information your supplier will need you to include in the invoices you raise on his behalf so that they will be acceptable to his own tax authority as evidence of export.
self-billee making supplies of goods to a country outside the EU
meet the requirements for documentary evidence of export. These are explained in section 2 of Notice 703 Exports and removals of goods from the United Kingdom.
If you have self-billing agreements for supplies of services with non-UK businesses, you will need to:
There is an example of an acceptable self-billing agreement below. You may reproduce it if you wish, but you don’t have to word your agreement in exactly this way as long as the agreement you will be using contains all the required information, as explained in section 3.
700 The VAT Guide
700/21 Keeping records and accounts
700/45 How to correct VAT errors and make adjustments or claims
700/63 Electronic Invoicing
703 VAT: Export of goods from the United Kingdom
725 The Single Market
741 Place of supply of services
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