Hi All, I have a LTD that isn't currently registered for VAT due to turnover being below the threshold. Sometimes when I purchase items from business in the EU, they ask me for a VAT number and when I tell them I'm exempt, they say that they therefore need to charge me VAT which I then pay. They say that if I had a VAT number (ie. if I was registered for VAT), then they wouldn't need to charge me the VAT. Can someone explain how/why this works? Why would they not need to charge VAT to a VAT registered company?