Número Intracomunitario
Thread poster: Julio Ferrandis

Julio Ferrandis  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:52
English to Spanish
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Sep 14, 2010

Hello everyone

I am a self employed translator based in the UK. One of my clients is based in Spain and they are asking me for my "número intracomunitario". I am not sure exactly what that is in the UK (where I pay my taxes). All I have is my Unique Tax Number, and apparently that is not the number. I had phone HMRC but they are not sure what it is. It is all link with Intrastat. Basically the Spanish company needs a number (normally GB plus a 9 or 12 digits number) that identifies me as a EU company. They also told me that once you get that number you need to be register in the Censo de Operadores Intracomunitarios.

All I can think of is that this would be the VAT number in the UK with the GB at the start. But I see to charge VAT you need to exceed 70,000GBP per year, a figure that I do not reach. I wouldn´t like to register for VAT and then find out that is not the actual number.

Has anyone been involved in this situation before?

Many thanks for your help.

Kind regards


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Williamson  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:52
Flemish to English
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See forums. Sep 14, 2010

Has been discussed many times before : http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/3520.shtml
+ look it up under business issues or money matters.

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Susan Andrew
Local time: 00:52
Spanish to English
VAT Number Sep 14, 2010

Hi Julio,

It is your VAT number they are asking for. I (and many others if you search the forums) have had the same problem with agencies in Spain. I'm not registered for VAT in the UK and the way I eventually got round it is by adding a note on my invoices stating that under British Law I don't need to apply VAT.

Hope this helps,


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