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How do I get a valid VAT receipt for a Polar Instant wallet top up? After half a dozen emails I still only have basic receipts with no vat number and it’s getting tedious.
 

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I'm not familiar with UK tax system, but certainly there is a point of contact where You can send a message about a business refusing to issue VAT receipt.
 

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I'm not familiar with UK tax system, but certainly there is a point of contact where You can send a message about a business refusing to issue VAT receipt.
I looked once. It's an absolutely vast form. Also, I suspect HMRC is pretty busy right now
 

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I looked once. It's an absolutely vast form. Also, I suspect HMRC is pretty busy right now
You are able to put through small payments where a VAT receipt hasn't been given without any penalty from HMRC, £25 limit iirc.
 

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From HMRC VAT page:

The following do not require a VAT receipt if under £25
  • phone calls from public or private phones
  • purchases through coin-operated machines
  • car-park charges (on-street parking meters are not subject to VAT)
  • a single or return toll charge paid at the tollbooth

EV charging is none of those
 

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My Polar Plus invoices had VAT receipts. Is it the case that you need the actual charging sessions, not the wallet top up?

Do you pay VAT on just transfering money into an account like Polar Instant?
 

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You can use the argument of having “alternative evidence” - see this page from HMRC VAT manual

File a copy of your emails with it to show you have been trying to get invoices (plus a copy of the VAT manual page in case it subsequently changes) and no VAT inspection is going to argue about it, assuming it’s not a lot of money (which it presumably isn’t or you would be on Plus, which does indeed have proper VAT invoices).
 

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well OK, but this is hardly sustainable! I just won't use Polar. tbh I've literally not had a single charge without technical issues at the charger anyway so I'm just going to avoid them 100%
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Not a tax expert but until you actually "spend" the money, by charging the car and using the balance, it's not an expense?
The equivalent would be buying a load of Amazon gift cards and claiming VAT back on them?
How will HMRC know you don't just send them back for a refund after...
 

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Not a tax expert but until you actually "spend" the money, by charging the car and using the balance, it's not an expense?
Some organisations can opt to account for the VAT when they get paid, rather than when they supply the goods. For instance, I have a budget plan with my electricity supplier so I pay an equal amount each month even though I use a lot more electricity in the winter months than in the summer. VAT is charged on my payments at the time they are made, even if I have a credit balance with them.
 

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I, for my sins, actually was a tax specialist before I retired. The difference is that Amazon gift cards are “multi-purpose” vouchers - you don’t know if they’ll be used for zero-rated books or standard-rated tech gadgets. So VAT is due when it’s used, so the correct rate can be applied. However, the Polar advance payment is a “single use“ voucher that can only be used for standard-rated charging. So VAT is paid (and can be claimed as I put tax) on the purchase of the voucher.
 
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