About VAT ID
The Value Added Tax (VAT) ID number applies only if you are placing a business order for a business in the European Union that has a current VAT ID. For all other orders, you should leave this field blank.
Entering your VAT ID
When entering your VAT ID, please follow the format shown for your country in the table below. You should enter only the information shown here. Do not enter your country code as part of the VAT ID.
|EU Country With Country Code||Format To Use||Example|
|Austria (AT)||9 characters, first is always a U||U12345678|
|Belgium (BE)||10 characters||1234567890|
|Bulgaria (BG)||1 block of 9 digits or 1 block of 10 digits||BG999999999 or BG9999999999|
|Cyprus (CY)||9 characters, last is always alpha||12345678X|
|Czech Republic (CZ)|
If 11, 12 or 13 characters, delete the three-digit suffix, which is a tax code
|Denmark (DK)||8 characters||12345678|
|Estonia (EE)||9 characters||123456789|
|Finland (FI)||8 characters||12345678|
4 formats, all 11 characters:
|Germany (DE)||9 characters||123456789|
|Greece (EL)||9 characters||123456789|
|Hungary (HU)||8 characters||12345678|
2 formats, both 8 characters:
|Italy (IT)||11 characters||12345678901|
|Latvia (LV)||11 characters||12345678901|
|Luxembourg (LU)||8 characters||12345678|
|Malta (MT)||8 characters||12345678|
|Netherlands (NL)||12 characters, the three-digit suffix will always be in the format B01||123456789B01|
|Poland (PL)||10 characters||1234567890|
|Portugal (PT)||9 characters||123456789|
|Romania (RO)||1 block of minimum 2 digits and maximum 10 digits||9999999999|
|Slovakia (SK)||10 characters||1234567890|
|Slovenia (SI)||8 characters||12345678|
3 formats, all 9 characters:
|Sweden (SE)||12 characters, the two-digit suffix will always be in the format 01||123456789001|
|United Kingdom (GB)||9 characters||123456789|
If you receive an error
If you receive the error message 'Unable to verify VAT ID' one of the following conditions may exist:
- The VAT ID you entered did not follow the format required for this site. Be sure to follow the format listed for your country in the table above.
- The VAT ID you entered is invalid, or a technical problem is preventing validation. To check the validity of your VAT ID, you may use the VIES website. If a technical problem is preventing validation, this check will explain the problem and suggest a solution.
VAT will be applied if you proceed with an order when VAT ID verification is unsuccessful. You may be able to reclaim the tax by filing for reimbursement with your local VAT authorities.