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Check VAT Number

VAT registration number is also called a VAT number. VAT is the international designation for value added tax or sales tax. Do you need to do a VAT number check?

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How do I check a European VAT number?

A European company VAT registration number is like a social security number but for businesses. In Europe, companies have different formats depending on which country they reside in but it usually follows this principle: Country code, the organization number and sometimes plus "01" or another appendix combination at the end like for Cyprus VAT-numbers which ends with "L". If you have a social security number 700102-1234 in Sweden this becomes your VAT number for the sole trader business:

SE 7001021234 01

(VAT number in Sweden)

FI 00000000

(VAT number in Finland)

Different countries have different methods for combining these VAT numbers. A more extensive list and description can be found here for VAT identification numbers.

How do I check the VAT number of the company in a European country?

There is a service from the European Union in co-operation with all the local tax offices that you can use to check the VAT number (or VAT no). Verify VAT number here.

How to check the VAT number?

European VAT numbers can be verified on this page.

When should I write the purchaser's VAT number on the invoice?

If you invoice a business in another EU country, you must enter the purchaser's VAT number.

Learn more about what you need to write on the invoice on this page. To learn more about how you post tax and how to complete tax statements when billing customers in other EU countries, you can read more here.



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