Intra-community number for Argentinian translators?
Thread poster: Martin Damiano Alcorta

Martin Damiano Alcorta  Identity Verified
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Apr 23, 2012

Hi there!

I've been contacted recently to begin a localization project. The only problem is that, in order to begin, I need a "Intra-community number". I almost panicked when I found out that I had no idea what this was! But since then (two days) I've been doing some research about this, but the only information I was capable to find was that this number (which some say is very much like a VAT number) is that only europeans can acquire it. My question is: is this number restricted only to Europe? If it's not: how can I get it? I live in Argentina, thanks in advance!

Cheers!

Martín


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Are you a EU citizen living in the EU? Apr 23, 2012

I think you are not, and hence you don't have, and can't possibly have, an intra-comunitary VAT number. You should explain this to your customer.

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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Where do you pay your taxes? Apr 23, 2012

Tomás Cano Binder, CT wrote:

Are you a EU citizen living in the EU?

I think you are not, and hence you don't have, and can't possibly have, an intra-comunitary VAT number. You should explain this to your customer.


Just to make it clear, your place of birth and/or your passport have nothing to do with this. It's whether or not you are "resident for tax purposes" in one of the EU countries, or not. In other words, an Italian whose main tax bill is to the Indian authorities does not have this number (which, as you say is also a VAT number), whereas an Indian registered for tax in Italy does.

Sheila

[Edited at 2012-04-23 08:05 GMT]


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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You are right! Apr 23, 2012

Sheila Wilson wrote:
Just to make it clear, your place of birth and/or your passport have nothing to do with this. It's whether or not you are "resident for tax purposes" in one of the EU countries, or not.

Indeed you are right! My apologies.


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Martin Damiano Alcorta  Identity Verified
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Ok, so... Apr 23, 2012

that sheds some light on this. Thanks Tomás and Sheila!
@Sheila: Do you know how can anyone obtain an intra-community number? Do you know any info such as websites, etc?

Thanks!

Martín


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Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
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Intra-community VAT ID Apr 23, 2012

Martin Damiano Alcorta wrote:

that sheds some light on this. Thanks Tomás and Sheila!
@Sheila: Do you know how can anyone obtain an intra-community number? Do you know any info such as websites, etc?

Thanks!

Martín


As the designation "intra-community" says, only EU tax residents can ever obtain such a number. If you are tax-resident outside the EU, you have no such option.


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Martin Damiano Alcorta  Identity Verified
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Ok! Apr 23, 2012

Thanks a lot Steffen! That makes sense, very simple indeed...

Cheers,

Martín


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Marina Soldati  Identity Verified
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CUIT Apr 23, 2012

Hi Martín,

I was asked once for my intra-community number by an European translation agency.

I explained that I paid taxes in Argentina and we agreed that I would include my tax ID (CUIT) and the following legend in my invoices.

VAT exempted according to Law 20.631, sec. 7, par. d)

That was enough for them.

Hope this helps

Marina


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Martin Damiano Alcorta  Identity Verified
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Thank you very much Apr 23, 2012

for this valuable information Marina that will not only help me, but other fellow translators as well. This is very very helpful indeed!

Cheers!

Martín


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sbrowne
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Indeed it will! Apr 27, 2012

Martin Damiano Alcorta wrote:

for this valuable information Marina that will not only help me, but other fellow translators as well. This is very very helpful indeed!

Cheers!

Martín



I'm also a translator living in Argentina and didn't know I could be asked for such number. Marina's reply enlightened me also, as I sometimes work for clients in EU

Cheers

Sylvia


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