VAT question: selling from EU to US
Thread poster: Béatrice Öman

Béatrice Öman
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May 6, 2005

Hi!

I have been combing through the EU website, all fora here, and a variety of other sources (such as the website of our tax office), but I am still ignorant (probably missed something...) :

If I - as an EU-based translator with EU-VAT number - sell a translation to someone in the US (biz or private), do I need to charge them VAT or not? Does anyone know where the answer to this exact question can be found?


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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The US does not have a VAT-system May 6, 2005

In the US, you have sales-tax, which has nothing to do with VAT.
From Europe>non-EU-countries, you export a service.
On export of goods and services, there are no taxes to be levied.


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Antje Harder  Identity Verified
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No VAT (MOMS) for clients outside EU May 6, 2005

Hi Bea,

these are the rules for charging VAT for translation services - (replace "Sweden" with any other EU-country):

Client in Sweden (business or private) - charge VAT
Client in other EU-country (business) - don't charge VAT
Client in other EU-country (private) - charge VAT
Client outside EU (business or private) - don't charge VAT

If you issue an invoice within the EU and don't charge VAT be sure to include the buyer's VAT no. and the following remark:

"Reverse charge, services of translation to a taxable person in another Member State (7 § ML)."

You might want to read the Swedish Skatteverket's information on VAT (Moms vid EG-handel och export):

http://www.skatteverket.se/skatter/moms/moms_utrikeshandel.html

Regards from Lund
Antje


[Edited at 2005-05-06 08:05]


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Béatrice Öman
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no VAT from EU to US May 6, 2005

Williamson wrote:

In the US, you have sales-tax, which has nothing to do with VAT.
From Europe>non-EU-countries, you export a service.
On export of goods and services, there are no taxes to be levied.



Aah, see, my bookkeeper had told me a while ago that I _had_ to charge VAT. I doubted his response at the time, but when I tried to check it, I couldn't find the rule explicitly stated anywhere. Thanks!


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Béatrice Öman
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no when VAT selling from EU to US May 6, 2005

Antje Harder wrote:

Hi Bea,

[snip]

You might want to read the Swedish Skatteverket's information on VAT (Moms vid EG-handel och export):

http://www.skatteverket.se/skatter/moms/moms_utrikeshandel.html

Regards from Lund
Antje


[Edited at 2005-05-06 08:05]


Thank you so much! I searched through the skatteverket site for ages and I couldn't find that one. I am familiar with EU regulations because I have almost all of my customers outside of Sweden, but outside of EU is new for me.

Thanks again

bea


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