This is not true though. There is no such fee. Anyone claiming that the government charges a fee for VAT registration is a scammer.
So this from the Dutch Bike Bits is incorrect?
Ok it doesn't explicitly say the fee is to register for VAT, but it says they will be charged by HMRC to collect the applicable taxes.
".....by the British government deciding to impose a unique taxation regime which will require every company in the world in every country in the world outside the UK which exports to the UK to apply and collect British taxes on behalf of the British government. For providing this service they intend to charge a fee to every company in the world in every country in the world which exports to the UK
. Clearly this is ludicrous for one country, but imagine if every country in the world had the same idea. If every country decided to behave in the same way then we would have to pay 195 fees every year, keep up with the changes in taxation law for 195 different countries, keep accounts on behalf of 195 different countries and submit payments to 195 tax offices in 195 different countries, and jump through whatever hoops were required to prove that we were doing all of this honestly and without any error."
So I did some research (which is far more than can be said for Mr. Dutch Bike Bits).
I did not recognize the name 'Dutch Bike Bits', which does not belong as one might assume to a Dutch businessman, but an Englishman in Holland.
This is David Hembrow, who moved there and specializes in telling us how much better it is than the UK, which he does on his blog: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/
Given the context it is not particularly surprising he is not a fan of Brexit. I found on his Twitter, among many tweets moaning about Brexit, this:https://twitter.com/DavidHembrow/status ... 6646226944
"It appears to be the case that the UK will require me to register for and pay UK tax (+1000 pound fee) to continue to send products to the UK next year.
That makes no sense at all."
This was a reply to this Tweethttps://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/stat ... 9198141441
by Captain Kirk) who made the rather specific claim
"UK folks; looks like your government is wanting to force vendors outside of your country to collect VAT on orders being shipped to the UK staring 1 Jan. I had my staff investigate costs & it’s over £1000/yr just to file these forms via a service. "
This claim is not impossible - I'm sure there is some firm who would charge a rich and famous actor £1000 to file VAT on a few sales. That doesn't seem surprising at all.
I have filed plenty of VAT returns myself, and it definitely doesn't cost a penny, but if you asked an accountancy firm to do it they would certainly charge you something. Small, medium and large firms will tend to use accountancy software, which is regularly updated for all kinds of legislative changes, and the process of filing a VAT return (which is in any case not complicated) is very much simplified by these programs.
It is difficult to understand how Mr. Hembrow turned 'William Shatner's Canadian (or wherever) accountancy firm asked £1k to file a UK VAT return' into 'the UK government is charging a fee'. One must be very busy sending out tens of thousands of tweets and not have time to actually read anything properly for this distortion of reality to have occurred.
Apparently he is very upset that having misinterpreted his accountant's advice, sorry I mean misread some twatter from Star Trek, put up false claims on his website, which were then repeated by the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55530721
, and then received angry messages from Brexit supporters, as per various of his Tweets:https://twitter.com/DavidHembrow
I imagine he doesn't need the money and gets a deal of satisfaction out of saying 'sorry I can't sell to you because of Brexit', but I think it would be highly inappropriate to interpret Mr. Hembrow's false claims, as generally applicable.
As I mentioned earlier in the thread, these measures were introduced by the EU and in July he will have to track and charge VAT separately to 27 states, or just shut up shop entirely and refuse to sell anything outside Holland.