As a UK Sole Trader that is NOT VAT registered, do I have to charge VAT when selling abroad?

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I am looking to sell products using Printiful using Shopify. I am a UK based Sole Trader.

I would like to sell to the following countries:

  • UK
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Possibly rest of the world

The VAT/Tax situation is putting me starting this side project. If this business stays under the VAT threshold, and I sell in any of the countries listed above, will I need to charge them VAT?

I am assuming for the UK customers, I won't have to charge VAT as I am not VAT registered and under the threshold. 

I realise there are tax experts and this topic can get complicated. But I am hoping given there could be a simple answer. 

Thank you.

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Shopify Partner
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Hey @RyanUK,

It's great that you are expanding your business! 

I'd love to share our Brexit Guide for Shopify merchants with you, I hope it will help to find answers to some questions.

If you have any questions regarding invoicing, feel free to get in touch with us at

All the best,

Lenka from Sufio