VAT Tax is of critical importance for companies who trade in Europe. VAT tax needs to be paid by traders depending in which, or with which European countries they deal with. VAT tax rates vary from one country to another, and despite the fact that there is the VAT Directive, each country can set a specific VAT tax rate independently, as long as it is higher than the standard of 15%. VAT tax gets calculated on the value of products and services. The seller will need to establish the selling price for the particular product or service, and then multiply it by the applicable VAT rate so as to achieve the actual selling price that the buyer will eventually be paying. The VAT part of the price will then be given to the VAT authority of the particular country. Therefore, for a business to engage in importing and/or exporting activities with one or more European countries, it is a must to be VAT registered. To register for VAT there is a process that needs to be completed and this varies from one country to another as well. An application form will need to be completed and submitted along with the required paperwork and documents. Thereafter the VAT authority of that country will proceed to assign a VAT number to the business.
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The VAT Tax registration process
Considering that the VAT registration process varies from one country to another, as do the VAT rates, it is highly recommended to have a fiscal representative based in each European country to see to the registration process as well as to subsequent tasks relating to VAT. In fact, once the business is VAT registered there will then be the VAT returns to see to. Such returns will need to be duly prepared and submitted on a periodical basis to the tax authority of each European country the business deals with. VAT returns are basically documents which summarize the business operations carried out during a set period of time. There will be the sales and the respective turnover, as well as any purchases that were affected. There will also be the applicable VAT amounts on each transaction. If your business deals with several European countries you can only imagine how demanding the process of preparing and submitting VAT returns ends up being. Besides the different requirements in the paperwork involved, there will be a lot of preparation involved as well as the importance of submitting them on time. Thus to simplify matters it is highly recommended to hire a fiscal representative in each European country. Such a professional will be experienced in VAT returns, registration as well as any other duties that will need to be seen to from time to time.