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    Default Contract with HPE through a German Recruitment Agency

    Have successfully been offered my first ever contract (after 26 years in perm employment before being made redundant) with HPE and received my contract today and realised that the recruitment agency used is based in Germany.

    The contract states that I will be invoicing the recruitment agencies German address and VAT charged at 19% which is the current German VAT rate.

    I will be 100% home based in the UK, so am wondering if
    I need to charge VAT?
    If so at UK or German Rate?
    If German Rate how is this collected?

    Also is there anything else I should be worried about?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noddy53 View Post
    also is there anything else i should be worried about?
    hpe.

    Omg.

    Omfg.
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    Hpe have uk agencies so how on earth have you ended up going via Germany?

    Separately hpe is going through a structural renewal at the Moment so it may be a good time to join. Equally it may not be depending on your skill set .
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    HPE - worst contract I ever had....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noddy53 View Post
    I will be 100% home based in the UK, so am wondering if
    I need to charge VAT?
    If so at UK or German Rate?
    If German Rate how is this collected?
    Assuming HSE isn't just a bunch of cowboys you should be avoiding at all costs ...

    1. No. It's out of scope of UK VAT
    2. No. Unless you have a German subsidiary of your Ltd I don't see how that would be legal.
    3. No.

    I'm not an accountant but I invoice EU clients all the time so I'm pretty sure that's correct.

    At the risk of becoming an NLUK clone, what does your accountant say?

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    Thanks for the information so far.

    I have engaged an accountant yet as this is my first contract, any recommendations of good accountants to provide a turn key service will be appreciated.

    HPE have advised me that the are merging with CSC and if anything this will only add to the project as I am being contracted as a Data Centre Migration expert providing HLD's for migration of clients from a historic hosting platform to their new shinny offering, so happy with the work being offered and the rate, was just thrown with the German agency

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    Eek, CSC as well. Another bunch of *******...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stek View Post
    HPE - worst contract I ever had....
    In monetary terms one of my best.

    in technology terms possibly one of the worst.

    HP always used to be full of these sorts of characters:-


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMarkyMark View Post
    In monetary terms one of my best.

    in technology terms possibly one of the worst.

    HP always used to be full of these sorts of characters:-

    You are confusing HP with HPE. Totallly different animals.

    HPE is full of these sorts of characters:-

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    If you are based in the UK you should not be charging German VAT, it would be either UK VAT or none. It looks like they're not used to working with contractors who don't work in Germany.

    As mentioned above this could only possibly work if you had a German subsidiary, which incidentally would make sense if you had to spend part of your time in Germany,.
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