US Translator working for EU agency, VAT?
Thread poster: victoria_c

United States
Local time: 12:38
English to German
Apr 27


I'm a US translator and want to start working with EU agencies (Ireland, Germany). I have read a lot online about VAT charges, but would like to clarify:

As a person paying their taxes in the USA, I do not need to add a VAT (sales tax) percentage to my invoice, right? All of my prices are "all-inclusive", correct?

And for tax purposes, I will have to add my SSN on the invoice, right?

Thanks so much for your help!


Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:38
German to English
No VAT May 1

You do not charge VAT or US sales tax to foreign customers. No need to put your US Social Security number on the invoice, either, as far as I know.

However, there may be other requirements for invoices, such as a brief indication of exemption from VAT. An Austrian agency requires me to put their VAT number (ATU) on my invoices.


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