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Applying SBCA's "£135 consignment rule" from 1 January 2021
Applying SBCA's "£135 consignment rule" from 1 January 2021

How companies located in Great Britain and importing from the EU or ROW can apply SBCA's new checkbox from within AutoEntry

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Written by Brian Carolan
Updated over a week ago

HMRC has new guidance about how VAT will apply to sales of goods in the UK from 1 January 2021. The only change that has been made in SBCA that has required a notable change in AutoEntry is for the new "£135 consignment limit" rule that will apply to imports of goods i.e. purchase invoices.

NB: This article only applies if your company, after 1 January 2021:

  1. is located in Great Britain (i.e. excluding Northern Ireland), and

  2. imports goods from suppliers outside of the UK (i.e. the EU or the rest of the world)

Please also consult the guidance that will be issued on SBCA on the correct treatment of these changes.

A new checkbox has been added by SBCA into purchase invoices for which this rule applies i.e. where

  1. the SBCA company is located in Great Britain i.e. UK excluding Northern Ireland, and

  2. the supplier in question is located outside of the UK i.e. in the EU or the rest of the world (ROW)

Text in SBCA:

Where the consignment value for goods is under £135.00 and you have agreed with your supplier that you will account for VAT on your VAT return using Reverse Charge.

To support this change in AutoEntry, a single VAT code has been added to our existing list of "reverse charge" (i.e. actual 0%) codes for UK-located companies:

Goods (and related services) Consignment < £135: Standard 20.00%

When an invoice is coded to this VAT code in AutoEntry, the new "Apply £135.00 consignment rules" checkbox will be ticked in the purchase invoice published to SBCA automatically provided the two conditions in SBCA are satisfied (i.e. the UK company is not located in Northern Ireland, and the supplier is either EU or ROW).

The published invoice in Sage then notes correctly that the supplier is EU and is dealt with under the £135 consignment rules. The total in the example below having already been converted to GBP automatically in AutoEntry:

Note that this new VAT code can still be selected in AutoEntry even where the SBCA company may be located in Northern Ireland or the supplier may neither be EU or ROW - AutoEntry will not display an error or notification on publishing, but the resulting purchase invoice in SBCA will correctly not have the checkbox ticked (in fact it won’t show the checkbox at all, which is the correct situation as prescribed by SBCA). A warning notification in AutoEntry for such situations is planned to be available from later in January 2021.

Don't forget, if you have VAT codes set up in SBCA that you do not require in AutoEntry, you can go to the Manage Lists page for that company and Hide unwanted codes. This will shorten the drop-down menu of VAT codes and make it a little easier and quicker to select the required code.

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