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VAT number for a U.S. freelancer
Thread poster: Alyona Douglas

Alyona Douglas  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:49
Member (2007)
English to Russian
Nov 9, 2007

I've been contacted by a Polish company that asks me if I have a VAT number and pay VAT in the United States.

I use SSN to pay my income tax. Do I need to register for VAT in the U.S. and pay it?


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Laura Tridico  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 08:49
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No, it doesn't apply to you. Nov 11, 2007

We don't have VAT here in the US, so if you're working here you have no need for a VAT number.

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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:49
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with Laura Nov 11, 2007

The closet approximation in your case would be a sales tax exemption, but it's totally irrelevant here. I would suggest that you politely tell the client that the US does not have a VAT system and suggest that they check with their accountant or tax consultant about VAT regulations for doing business with suppliers outside the EU.

[Edited at 2007-11-11 15:58]


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