VAT Guidelines (London Sales)
Auctioneers’ Scheme (items with no VAT symbol in the catalog)
Many items in Tarisio’s UK sales are sold under the Auctioneers’ Scheme and have no VAT charged on the hammer price.
An amount equivalent to Value Added Tax (VAT) of 20% will be added to the amount of the buyer’s premium on all Auctioneers’ Scheme items except those shipped by Tarisio to an address outside the EU (see Refunds of VAT below).
An amount equivalent to Value Added Tax (VAT) of 20% will be added to the amount of the seller’s premium on all Auctioneers’ Scheme items except for those which are exported from the EU after the sale.
Items marked ‡ or Ω in the catalog
These items are classed as temporary admissions and are sold under the Auctioneers’ Scheme, but import VAT of 5% (for items over 100 years old, marked ‡ in the catalog) or 20% (items under 100 years old, marked Ω in the catalog) will be added to the hammer price. If temporary admissions are to remain in the EU, an administrative fee of £115 per lot will apply for bringing them to home use.
Items marked † in the catalog
These items are sold under normal UK VAT rules and VAT of 20% will be added to the hammer price and the buyer’s premium.
Refunds of VAT
VAT may be reclaimable in certain circumstances. The examples given below are for guidance only and professional advice should be sought where there is any uncertainty.
- Buyers exporting items outside the EU will not be charged VAT on the hammer price or buyer’s premium if the item is shipped by Tarisio to an address outside the EU. Buyers who themselves export an item from the EU within three months of the end of the sale may reclaim VAT paid by presenting Tarisio with proof of export (minimum purchase of £4,000 and administrative fees apply).
- UK buyers who are VAT registered may reclaim VAT charged on items marked † through their VAT returns.
It may be possible for other buyers to reclaim VAT charged under normal UK rules. Information and claim forms can be obtained from HM Revenue and Customs:
Overseas Repayment Section
PO Box 34
Londonderry BT48 7AE
Tel: +44 (0)2871-376200 or -372727
Fax: +44 (0)2871 372520