Applying taxes for the US
Thread poster: SarahVPT

Local time: 04:27
Arabic to Dutch
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Feb 8


I have a question.

I work as a translator in Belgium and normally I have to charge a tax of 21% on each translation invoice.

Now, I've been working for a company in the US and I was wondering if I have to charge this for them to?

If not, what do I put on my invoice so I don't get in trouble with the tax agencies?

Thanks in advance!


Thomas T. Frost  Identity Verified
Member (2014)
Danish to English
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VAT Feb 9

You should only charge VAT when selling to

1. a consumer (or business that is not VAT-registered) in the EU's VAT area or
2. any client (business or consumer) in your own Member State, in your case Belgium.

If you sell to a VAT-registered business in another EU Member State (and thus don't charge VAT), you need to mention "reverse VAT" (probably in French or Dutch) on your invoice and the client's VAT number (which you have validated in the EU's VIES system).

If you sell to anyone outside the EU's VAT area, there is no need to mention anything in particular. You just invoice without VAT.


RobinB  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 21:27
German to English
No VAT Feb 9

You don't even mention VAT on your invoice.

But: You will have to charge nominal VAT on the invoice total in your next VAT return. At the same time, you can reclaim exactly the same amount as input tax.

[Edited at 2018-02-09 23:26 GMT]


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