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VAT FAQs

What is ‘VAT’?

VAT (Value Added Tax) is a form of consumption tax.
All 28 European countries have VAT. It has different names in different countries eg. In France it is TVA, Spain – IVA, Germany – Mwst, etc. Each country also applies its own VAT rate. VAT is a key source of revenue for any government.

How is VAT collected?

The seller charges VAT to the customer and the seller pays over this VAT to the government.

Why should I register for VAT?

You may be legally required to do so. If you do not comply, the tax authority can fine you and in some cases stop your goods getting to your customers. Find the VAT Registration Thresholds for 2017 here

What is a VAT PACK?

We send you a SIMPLYVAT.com VAT PACK – A registration pack for the country(ies) you need to register in. The pack contains a list of the documents you will need to send to us in order for us to register you. Standard documents can include copy of Certificate of Incorporation and Power of Attorney.

How long will it take for me to get an international VAT registration number?

Once we have all the paperwork it can take up to 6 weeks to receive a VAT registration number.

How much will it cost?

Prices vary depending on which country you need to register in. Please contact us for a quote on 01273 634594 or email us on info@simplyvat.com.

What happens once I register?

Once VAT registered, there are periodic VAT data requirements (VAT Returns and Intrastat) necessary to fulfil local tax authority criteria. We help you by collating the required data from you and submitting it on your behalf in the relevant local language. Please refer to our VAT Returns page.

De-registration – what if I don’t want to be registered for VAT any longer?

We can help you work out if you are eligible to de-register in the country(ies) you don’t want to be registered in. If you are selling over that country’s VAT threshold you will have to continue to be registered and file periodic VAT returns. If, however, you are eligible, we will deregister you in the relevant country(ies).

What if I don’t get the information you need to compile the VAT returns to you on time?

If we don’t get the correct data sent to us in time, the tax authority can issue penalties or fines that you will have to pay in addition to any VAT you owe.

How often will I have to submit a VAT return?

This depends on which country you are registered in. Some countries will ask for VAT returns each month, others – quarterly or even bi-monthly. We will let you know as soon as we know which countries you need to register in.

What do you mean by ‘statistical returns’?


A Statistical return is an ‘Intrastat filing’. This document is the method used by European governments to collect information and produce statistics on the movement of goods between Member States in the European Union (EU). These have different thresholds to VAT.

Find the Intrastat Reporting Thresholds for 2017 here

Do you have an introducer programme?

Yes we do and we would love the opportunity to work with you. Every sale we make through you will be rewarded. Please go to our Introducer page to read more or contact us on Introduce@simplyvat.com.