Updated on May 30, 2022
VAT stands for Value Added Tax.
VAT is a consumption tax in most countries in the world. VAT differs from sales tax in the U.S. in a few respects; VAT is levied at each level of the supply chain – from production, distribution, all the way to the final consumer. When set-up correctly, VAT should in most cases not become a cost to your company.
A VAT number is an identification number for VAT registered companies.
However, if necessary, US corporations can register and submit VAT in the EU, UK, Australia, as well as portions of Asia. The US does not have its own VAT system. In order to get a VAT number, your company must be doing business in a country where VAT reporting is required.
Do you need a VAT number?
Are you selling items online to the European Union (EU) or the United Kingdom (UK)?
What countries in Europe do you ship between?
Owning property in Europe is a possibility for you. There must be a warehouse nearby. Are you the official importer?
Yes, we are planning a Conference or Tradeshow. Virtual or otherwise?
How do I get a VAT number?
EuroVAT is delighted to assist you in registering for VAT because it can be difficult to do so on your own. [email protected] or 310-204-0805 are the best ways to get in touch with us.
They asked for my VAT number – how do I know if I really need it?
Customers and vendors alike frequently inquire about your company’s VAT number. Sometimes it is a routine question and does not necessarily apply to your situation. Other times, it’s a matter of whether or not they’ll charge VAT. For more information, contact a EuroVAT expert at (310) 204-0805 and we’ll be happy to provide it for you.
How do I get help?
It is our job to ensure that you collect your VAT refunds and adhere to the tax laws of each nation you visit. We teach you how to use your VAT number and how to effectively explain VAT to vendors, clients, agents, and tax authorities.. It has been more than 25 years since EuroVAT’s team of tax professionals have been assisting companies with their tax reporting.
VAT number means you are responsible for filing VAT reports in that country.
No single “EU number” exists (instead each country has their VAT for example German VAT, French VAT etc.). You may be able to use the same phone number in many countries if you register it correctly in one nation. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or 310-204-0805.
Is VAT number the same as OSS or I-OSS number?
It’s not always black and white.
How long does it take to get a VAT number?
Tax authorities in Europe may take a few weeks to a few months from the time we submit your application, depending on the country in which you are registering. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 310-204-0805 to get a free quote.
What should I do in the meantime if I need to ship orders?
Call us today and let’s see if we can work something out before you ship.
Can you register for a VAT number without having an establishment in the EU or UK?
Yes, companies in North America can apply for a VAT number even if they don’t have a physical location in the country. To see if you’re eligible for EuroVAT, please contact us.
Do you need a fiscal representative or an intermediary agent?
A local representative or intermediary agent may be necessary in some countries if you are a non-EU business (e.g., an American or Canadian company). It has taken EuroVAT 25 years to build a global network of partners and resources.