PVA (Postponed VAT Accounting) Update

We published an article late last year regarding PVA (Postponed VAT Accounting) – https://www.hicargo.com/alerts/postponed-vat-accounting-pva/ .   Many clients have explored this new facility and asked that we apply PVA when processing their import customs clearances.

In case you would like to take advantage of this new process, please see additional information below –

Accounting for import VAT on your VAT return (also called Postponed VAT Accounting) means you’ll account for and recover import VAT on the same VAT return, rather than having to pay it upfront and recover it later.

Question 1: I’ve heard about PVA, but I’m not sure if it’s for me. Why should I use it, and where can I find out more about it?

Answer: PVA allows UK VAT registered importers to account for and recover import VAT on their VAT return. PVA is available permanently and we expect that most businesses will choose to use it, because it provides significant cash flow benefits compared to the alternative of paying the import VAT when the goods are imported.

Different rules apply in different situations. In some cases, you must account for import VAT on your VAT return – for example, if you delay your customs declaration.

You can go to GOV‌‌‌‌.UK to check when you must use PVA to account for import VAT on your VAT return, and when it is optional.

Question 2: How do I tell HMRC that I want to use PVA?

Answer: There isn’t an application process for PVA, and you do not need to tell HMRC in advance if you want to start accounting for import VAT on your VAT return. You simply need to inform your customs clearance agent (Horizon International), that you wish to apply PVA prior to customs entry being submitted.

Question 3: How do I complete my VAT return if I’m using PVA?

Answer: After you have selected PVA on your customs declaration you will need to account for import VAT when you complete your VAT return.

To complete your VAT return, you will need:

  • details of any customs entries you have made in your own records
  • copies of your monthly postponed import VAT statement, when available.

Unless you have delayed your customs declaration, each of your statements will show the total import VAT postponed for the previous month.

If you are delaying your customs declarations:

  • you must account for import VAT on the return which includes the date you imported the goods
  • to complete the boxes on your return, you’ll need to estimate the import VAT due from your records of imported goods
  • when you submit your delayed declaration, you must select that you’re accounting for your VAT on your return.

Your next online monthly statement will show the amount of import VAT due on that declaration. You’ll then be able to:

  • adjust your estimate
  • account for any difference on your next return.

Question 4: How do I get the statement I need to complete my VAT return?   

Answer: If you account for your import VAT on your VAT return, you’ll need to get a postponed import VAT statement online.

Unless you have delayed your customs declaration, each statement will show the total import VAT postponed for the previous month.

Your statements will usually be available to view by the 6th working day of the month.

To view your statements, you’ll need a Government Gateway user ID and password which is linked to your EORI number. If you do not have a user ID and password, you can create your account on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK.

For further information regarding this or any other logistics topic, please do not hesitate to contact us –

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