Amavat - VAT compliance for global online sellers

Amavat - VAT compliance for global online sellers

In this evermore digital age and rising popularity of e-commerce, online shopping has become the norm, with consumers often buying goods from sellers on the other side of the world.  Whilst this makes shopping convenient for consumers, it results in global compliance issues for the sellers.

If this sounds like your business model, French Duncan can assist you with EU VAT compliance via our amavat service line.  Amavat https://amavat.eu/ is designed to assist clients who sell via online marketplaces with their VAT responsibilities across the EU, by utilising the expertise of our HLB network Firms located throughout the EU. 

The service was established when Amazon first introduced “Fulfilment by Amazon”; i.e. when Amazon stores a business’s goods in an Amazon warehouse and distributes them throughout the EU, often moving the goods to warehouses in other EU member states to facilitate logistics in line with demand.  This resulted in businesses being required to register for VAT in multiple EU states.  As the VAT rules and rates can vary significantly between different EU States, without help sellers can find it challenging to meet the compliance requirements in each country. 

Our amavat service solves this issue by utilising the VAT compliance expertise within the HLB network. Our experts assist with the VAT responsibilities that arise when selling via an online marketplace, under a competitive, fixed pricing structure, including:

  • Preparation and submission of VAT registration/de-registration applications
  • Applications for EORI numbers
  • Preparation and submission of VAT returns across the EU
  • Calculating and submitting corrections to previously submitted VAT returns
  • Providing expert advice and guidance in relation to VAT and customs queries

All clients have a single point of contact in their home nation, regardless of the number of countries in which they are required to file returns.  Clients therefore have direct, personal contact with an individual who understands their business.  UK based businesses deal directly with French Duncan’s VAT experts, so please get in touch with our VAT advisory team if you’d like more information.

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Our Team



Maria McConnell

Maria McConnell
Partner & Head of VAT
m.mcconnell@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 221 2984

Maria McConnell

Maria McConnell

Partner & Head of VAT

BA(Hons)

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0141 221 2984

m.mcconnell@frenchduncan.co.uk


Specialisms include...

Maria started her career in HMRC over 20 years ago in the Thames Valley, where she was involved in both VAT and Excise and Inland Customs. From there, she returned to Scotland, joining a Big Four practice, specialising in VAT.  She spent a number of years with PKF and BDO, prior to joining French Duncan in 2015 as a senior manager.

Having spent more than two decades working in VAT, Maria is experienced in assisting her clients to understand and manage how VAT affects their business.  

Maria has experience in dealing with businesses across all sectors.  She is regularly involved in the charity and not for profit sector, property development and construction, retail, manufacturing and international business issues. Advice provided to clients ranges from land and property planning matters, demergers and due diligence issues,  partial exemption and Capital Goods Scheme calculations to place of supply advice and contractual VAT planning as well as the provision of in-depth VAT reviews and bespoke training courses.

Maria adopts a down to earth approach to dealing with VAT issues for her clients, keeping them well informed on relevant matters, whilst providing robust and reliable technical advice.

Joseph Hennell

Joseph Hennell
VAT Senior
J.Hennell@frenchduncan.co.uk
0141 271 3955

Joseph Hennell

Joseph Hennell

VAT Senior

Accounting and Finance BSc

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0141 271 3955

J.Hennell@frenchduncan.co.uk


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Joseph has been working in VAT since graduating in 2016, having started his career working as a VAT trainee gaining a wide variety of experience across many sectors.

Since joining FD in 2019 as a VAT Assistant, Joseph has been involved with the operation of the Amavat service line, which assists EU based online marketplace businesses with their UK VAT compliance responsibilities

As part of his role, Joseph manages a large client portfolio, providing assistance and guidance on all compliance matters such as preparation of UK VAT registration applications, submission of VAT returns and corrections to previously submitted returns. Joseph also advises clients on VAT and customs issues that are linked to intra EU trading.

Joseph prides himself on his friendly and professional relationship with clients, enabling open communication and collaboration to help resolve any compliance issues that might arise. Providing responses to complex VAT issues in a manner that is easy to understand is an important part of Joseph’s approach.

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