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Unread 2 Aug 2007, 00:16   #1
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European VAT

I am ordering a dedicated server, however, they are trying to charge me VAT @ 19%. I told them I am in the UK and only have to pay 17.5% VAT. They replied back with the following:

"We can waive the 19% VAT if you have a Europian VAT number. Every resident of the Europian Union have to pay VAT.

If you buy something in The Netherlands you pay 19% VAT, Belgium 21% etc.
The VAT rate can be different per country, it has nothing to do with the VAT rate in the UK."

Considering I am a student and not 'registered' to pay for VAT (I do not have a VAT number), does this mean I have to pay this European 19% VAT charge?!

Thanks for the help.
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Re: European VAT

Assuming you're ordering the server for private use, this is business-to-consumer trade, and you should pay VAT.

As for the tariff, Wikipedia says VAT for trade between EU states "is generally charged at the border, at the same time as customs duty". If you ordered from a company in the UK, I'd say you pay the 17.5%. If you ordered from a company in another country, the VAT rate of that country probably applies, which may very well be 19%.

That said, I'm no expert, so I may be wrong.
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Re: European VAT

HMRC reckons that it's 17.5% if you're importing to the UK, though that's goods and not services

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Although, thinking about it in terms of, say, a hotel room, I'd expect to pay local taxes for services in general so they may well be correct since they're not delivering you a server, just giving you a lease on it
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Re: European VAT

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I am ordering a dedicated server,.
From where to where.

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Re: European VAT

The server is in the Netherlands, I am in the UK.
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Re: European VAT

I think you`ll have to pay the VAT in the country where your buying from. Also, you may even have to pay some import duty on top of that when the server is delivered in this country.
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Re: European VAT

It's European Union. It's highly unlikely you'll have to pay import duty (because it's essentially an inter-european service, and it'd be ackward if they forbid you from favoring domestic products, but placed an extra fee on renting foreign products), but the VAT side is probably true.
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Re: European VAT

afaik once the vat has been paid in the country of origin then no further taxation takes place
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Re: European VAT

Cheers guys, apparently I do need to pay the 19% VAT :/
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Re: European VAT

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It's European Union. It's highly unlikely you'll have to pay import duty (because it's essentially an inter-european service, and it'd be ackward if they forbid you from favoring domestic products, but placed an extra fee on renting foreign products), but the VAT side is probably true.
I bought a hat on the internet a few years ago, and the postie asked for more cash; ie: dosh for the then Chancellor of the exchequer (sp!) Gordon Brown; though I now seem to remember it was from North America.
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Re: European VAT

Oh, while I remember; was n`t there something about people buying booze on the internet in another EU Country, and having it delivered at home without paying duty? I think there was a Court decision that ruled in the UK`s goverments favour; not so long ago. I think you had to go and physically buy the booze to escape the duty charge? Anyone know about this?
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Re: European VAT

Given that the company have to pay that VAT for the country they are based in, I think it's only fair that you pay at their rate.
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Re: European VAT

Erm that's ridiculous.

When ordering things such as computers or other expensive products to be delivered to Jersey, I always get it VAT free. Even though they're produced and shipped through the UK, we always get it VAT free (sometimes after phoning up and explaining the situation).

I'm pretty sure it's based entirely on where it's being delivered to, and as such you should only need to pay the UK VAT.
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Re: European VAT

I think this all depends on if Androme is actually buying a physical server to be delivered to him, or simply buying a lease on a server that is located somewhere else and will not be leaving that country
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Re: European VAT

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Erm that's ridiculous.

When ordering things such as computers or other expensive products to be delivered to Jersey, I always get it VAT free. Even though they're produced and shipped through the UK, we always get it VAT free (sometimes after phoning up and explaining the situation).

I'm pretty sure it's based entirely on where it's being delivered to, and as such you should only need to pay the UK VAT.
Actually I'm pretty sure you'll be buying it from a PO Box in Jersey.
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Re: European VAT

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