cumulus
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VAT Exempt Phone Calls.

Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:03 pm

Just got my latest mobile bill and as per normal I have exceeded my monthly 1000 minutes, by four minutes!!

There is a breakdown at the end of the bill showing the VAT element (of the monthly sub, calls and data usage) of £7.82 and it says "VAT Exempt Calls - 0".

Can someone give me a example of a aforementioned call? Not a free call, as there is no charge in the first place to add the tax to!

Thanks.
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sean377
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RE: VAT Exempt Phone Calls.

Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:43 am

I'd heard it was to do with international calls, where VAT is not applicable. Not 100% sure though, as although I'm VAT registered, I don't use my phone for international calls, so have never had cause to query it.
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cumulus
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RE: VAT Exempt Phone Calls.

Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:07 pm

Brings me back to the point about the initial charge for he call.

If you call France from the U.K at say 10p per minute, you charged that 10p + VAT.

If you are roaming and make or recieve a call while in France at, say again, 10p per minute you are billed from your operator again at 10p + VAT so it can't be that either.

I'm intrigued...................

What number would you call that is chargeable yet zero rated for tax?!
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sean377
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RE: VAT Exempt Phone Calls.

Thu Mar 05, 2009 6:43 am



Quoting Cumulus (Reply 2):
If you call France

Again, just a hunch, but VAT is paid on goods and services in the Eurozone. Perhaps calls made outside Europe are not subject to VAT?
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cumulus
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RE: VAT Exempt Phone Calls.

Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:10 am



Quoting Sean377 (Reply 3):
Perhaps calls made outside Europe are not subject to VAT?

Same again, I went to Barbados two weeks ago (and wish I bloody stayed looking out the window!) and all calls in and out are subject to VAT @ 15% on my bill.

It's a mystery!
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skytrain
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RE: VAT Exempt Phone Calls.

Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:53 pm

Hmmm, this is interesting. Maybe it's for calls both made AND received abroad while roaming - for example, if you were in the USA and made a call to the USA? Unless you made local calls (and not just calls back to Europe) while you were in Barbados, in which case I am incorrect!  Silly

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RE: VAT Exempt Phone Calls.

Sat Mar 07, 2009 3:12 pm

I don't think it matters where you've made or received calls. The bill is paid in the UK to a UK registered company and is therefore subject to VAT regardless. I can't think of a situation where VAT wouldn't be added.

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skytrain
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RE: VAT Exempt Phone Calls.

Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:20 pm

I guess it remains a mystery. Or just give your carrier's billing department a call and see if they can shed some light...

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