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TGB TRADOS/platinum offer: will my membership be extended? What about VAT tax?
Thread poster: Sara Freitas

Sara Freitas
Local time: 19:52
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Jun 11, 2003

I checked the FAQ section on the TGB site, but didn't find the answers to my questions:

Does the current special offer apply to existing platinum memberships, i.e. by extending the membership for 6 months?

Is there VAT for shipment to EU countries?

Thanks to anyone who might know the answers to these questions.


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Paul Stevens  Identity Verified
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See below Jun 11, 2003

If you're talking about the Trados offer, I would comment that, when I took up the offer for Trados 5.5, I was charged VAT, and I live in the UK. I assume that the same would apply for Trados 6.

As for who can buy it, the way I read it is that any proZ member (whether Platinum or not) can buy it. This was certainly the case when I purchased Trados 5.5, since at that time I was not a Platinum member. If you are an existing Platinum member, it appears that your membership will be extended by 6 months.

I stand corrected on the above if my reading of the situation is incorrect.

[Edited at 2003-06-11 12:16]

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Sarah Ponting  Identity Verified
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I was wondering about this offer too Jun 11, 2003

I agree with Paul that it sounds as though existing Platinum members would be entitled to a 6-month extension of their membership.

As for VAT - does anyone know what percentage is charged? In Italy VAT for services and most products is 20%, but I don't know about elsewhere.

[Edited at 2003-06-11 12:22]

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Jordane Boury  Identity Verified
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TGB offer (answers & explanations) Jun 11, 2003

Similar issues were raised recently in another section of the forum (General Tech Support), I think that you will find loads of useful insights in there :



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Henry Dotterer
Local time: 13:52
'Yes' on platinum extension, 16% VAT in EU for non-exempts Jun 11, 2003

Platinum membership: yes it will be extended by 6 months.

Taxes -- here is the latest, as far as I know:


Since payment and shipping are handled directly between you and the vendor, you can expect the same terms to apply as would apply if you ordered directly.

The amount of tax you will be charged depends on the laws of the country of the product vendor and the country from which you buy.


Shipment is made from Ireland. Therefore, if you live in an EU country, you will be charged 16% VAT tax unless you have a registered business with a VAT number--in which case you are exempt.

Buyers in non-EU countries are in most cases not charged tax. One exception is for orders from the US states of California and Virginia. State and local taxes apply there because TRADOS has offices in those states. The percentage in Virginia is fixed (at 4.5% at the time this was written; consult local resources for more up-to-date info). In California, a state tax of 7.25% applies, in addition to a local tax of 0.125% - 0.5%, depending on the district in which you live. Please consult your local resources for up-to-date data.

Whatever the tax amount, it will be calculated and shown to you on the TRADOS order page before you buy.


Thanks for raising these questions. I have added appropriate FAQs to

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