EU VAT is collected from buyers in the EU who do not have a valid VAT registration number, on the following transaction types:
If you are an EU buyer with a valid VAT registration number, you must use the Reverse Charge Mechanism to account for the EU VAT on those transactions.
The Reverse Charge Mechanism procedure is administered by your local tax authorities and further information should be obtained from them or your accountant on how you must account for VAT in your country. For example this procedure is for buyers located in the UK.
This article aims to answer common questions EU buyers will have. If you’re an author, please see our EU VAT for Authors article.
How to add your EU VAT number to your account
- Instructions can be found in the VAT FAQ
How do you account for EU VAT if you have a valid VAT number?
If you have a valid VAT number, no EU VAT will be added to your purchase price. It is your responsibility to account for that VAT using the Reverse Charge Mechanism.
Your invoice will not show any VAT, but instead will note that Reverse Charge applies.
What happens if your EU VAT number comes up as invalid?
- EU VAT numbers are verified using a 3rd party service provided by the European Commission called VIES.
- If you enter a legitimate EU VAT number and receive a verification error message ‘Number appears to be invalid’ please contact the Help Team.
What if you don't have an EU VAT number but are a business (valid in some countries)?
In some EU Member states, you do not require an EU VAT Number to use the Reverse Charge Mechanism to account for EU VAT on transactions. Envato Market currently only operates on the basis of required valid VAT registration numbers.
What to do if you were incorrectly charged EU VAT?
If you believe you have been incorrectly charged VAT on a purchase from Envato Market, please contact the Help Team and provide the following information:
- Country of residence
- VAT number
What about EU VAT Exempt areas?
- The Channel Islands
- Mount Athos
- San Marino
- Vatican City
Where is the VAT shown?
Buyer view of the EU VAT item purchase invoice
Author view of the EU VAT item purchase invoice
Where to find invoices?
All additional information regarding invoices can be found in the Buyer’s Guide.
Who is the supplier for VAT purposes?
- For EU VAT purposes, Envato is the supplier of record, and will report the VAT collection and remittance to the relevant EU member state authorities using our EU MOSS VAT registration.