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EU VAT Reverse Charge

What is the VAT Reverse Charge?

Reverse Charge moves the responsibility for the recording of a VAT transaction from the seller to the buyer for that good or service. Instead of having the buyer pay VAT to the seller and then have the seller pay the government, the buyer with a VAT identification number can do this directly. Thus, the VAT amount is being removed from the invoice.



In order to be eligible for reverse charge, the following conditions must be met:

  • EU VAT is included in the item price
  • The buyer is a trade buyer and is located within the EU
  • The item leaves the seller country (trader buyer ship-to country is different from the item location)

If you meet all three requirements, please email to add your VAT identification number on file.

Once added, you can remove the VAT charge during checkout by selecting the box as shown below:



Do the prices on 1stDibs include VAT or is that added during checkout? 

At the moment, 1stDibs does not offer VAT inclusive pricing for items being shipped to the UK. We recommend that you ask the seller whether they have included VAT in the price or if they will invoice you for VAT separately. In the latter case, we recommend that you ask the seller for a VAT invoice and forward it to your Client Partner so that this can be taken into account if a refund is needed later.

I am a buyer in UK, purchasing for a project in Europe or the US. How can I review item prices without VAT included?

VAT amounts are based on the shipping destination country. Before sending an offer or placing an order, please ensure that you have selected the correct shipping destination (region or country). This will ensure that you see the region-specific price.

Are antique pieces shipped to the UK duty free and does standard VAT apply to them?

Yes and No. Items shipped from the U.S. to the U.K. are duty free but do include a 5% VAT charge as opposed to the standard VAT of 20%.

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