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Light VAT – when do you need to register as a light VAT?

Light VAT (in full words value-added tax) - this term is used in the Czech Republic for an “identified person” aka identifikovaná osoba. So let’s take a look at the 5 most common situations when you appear to be a light VAT for the Czech Republic.
  • a taxable person who is not a taxpayer or a legal entity who is not taxable who in the Czech Republic purchases goods from another EU country and these goods are subjected to VAT.
  • a taxable person with a registered establishment in the Czech Republic (CR) who is not a taxpayer and accepts taxable supply (in the CR) from a person with a residence outside of the Czech Republic. The example of this can be a service, goods supply with installation etc.
  • a taxable person with a registered establishment in the Czech Republic who is not a taxpayer and provides a service with a taxable supply outside of the CR (with the exemption of the services that are exempted from VAT).
  • a taxable person with a registered establishment in the Czech Republic who is not a taxpayer and offers their services under a special one-site regulatory scheme.
  • a taxable person who is not a taxpayer or a legal entity who is not taxable and who purchases goods from another EU country.
  • a person who voluntarily registers for the VAT in advance, usually for the reasons mentioned above.
Obligations of an identified person/light VAT
You will need to register for VAT at the Tax Office within 15 days since becoming an identified person. Unlike with the VAT obliged taxpayers, you do not have to apply by electronic form. The identified person has to keep a record of all the expenses regarding VAT.

Tax period and tax return
The tax period for VAT is one month. The identified person only has to present a tax return, if there was an obligation to grant VAT during that tax period, and can do so up until 25 days from the end of the tax period.

If an identified person provided service in one of the EU countries, they will have to present a summary report, but do not have to do a tax return for that tax period.

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