I'm using SAGE Accounting Cloud Start to keep my records and generate VAT returns. I'm a Sole Trader so most of my accounts are pretty simple.
One thing I'm not sure how to deal with; if anyone can offer advice, I'd be very grateful.
My business is Sound Engineering, and I bought an item of audio equipment from a US supplier who doesn't have a UK distributor (it's a very small startup). The item will be posted to me directly, so I'm not "importing" it via an Import Service etc. Looking at the HMRC guidelines, it suggests that if the item is being sent to me by post, I don't need to do an Import Declaration or have an EORI number.
I know there will be Import VAT applied at the border which I'll have to pay before the item is released to me. How can I enter this in my accounts software so that I can claim it back on a VAT return? Previously when I bought something from the US, I got an invoice from a company called Customs Clearance Ltd which I had to pay for the Duty and VAT, but there was no UK VAT number on the invoice so it wouldn't count as valid for VAT purposes.
Does anyone know how to do this please?