Calculating VAT on goods sold to European Union (EU) member countries
September 15, 2021
Retailers when selling goods to their customers in the EU must calculate, charge and pay VAT on all packages shipped, regardless of their value.
Unfortunately, retailers are not clear that they must also pay VAT on all additional costs associated with the sale. And if they make mistakes in the calculation, retailers must be held accountable.
Different countries, different VAT rates
The retailer must be able to calculate taxes based on the rates of all the countries to which it transports goods.
Mistakes Retailers Make When Paying VAT.
The mistake retailers often make is that they apply VAT only to the price of the package
VAT must be paid (on all costs shown on the invoice). This includes transport, insurance and any extra costs.
It is important to emphasize that when these costs are marked separately on the invoice, they must be split between goods with different VAT rates on the invoice to calculate the correct amount of VAT for the extra costs.
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