VAT validation
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https://vat.abstractapi.com/v1/calculate
    ? api_key = YOUR_API_KEY
    & amount = 175
    & country_code = DE

{
    "vat_number": "SE556656688001",
    "is_vat_valid": true,
    "company_name": "Google Sweden AB",
    "company_address": "Google Ireland Ltd, M Collins, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland",
    "company_country": "SE",
    "company_country_code": "Sweden"
}

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Full European Union coverage
Real-time VAT data update
Standard and reduced rates
Bank-level security
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The VAT Validation and Rates API makes it easy to stay compliant with VAT laws

Reliable and up-to-date VAT data
It's critical to have the latest and most accurate VAT data, so Abstract works directly with multiple sources, including the EU Commission itself, to provide you trustworthy data.
Validate VAT numbers via API
You're required to ensure the VAT numbers that you have or that users submit to you are valid, and Abstract makes it easy to validate VAT numbers with a single, simple API call.
Calculate VAT prices via API
Abstract's VAT API can calculate the VAT owed on a specific purchase, taking into account the country of purchase as well as other purchase-specific details.
VAT data from across the EU and beyond
Get VAT rates from individual countries, from across the European Union, and from other countries beyond the EU that use VAT. Abstract is the hub for all your VAT data needs.
Standard and reduced VAT rates
Take into account a country's specific VAT rates and other details in calculating VAT prices to ensure that you have the most accurate VAT calculation via our API.
Bank-level security for all queries
Our speed, data quality, and documentation are great, but security is top of mind too. All data that is sent and processed is secured via 256-bit SSL encryption (HTTPS).
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  • 1 request / second

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    requests / year
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  • 100 requests
  • 1 request / second

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    requests / month
  • 3
    requests / second

Enterprise

Custom
A plan based on your specific
needs
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  • SSO/AML login
  • 24/7 support via email, chat and phone
  • Technical onboarding support, account manager

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Dealing with VAT rates and validation was a huge time sink for our team, as well as something that kept us up at time worrying that we were doing it incorrectly. Thankfully we've been able to offload all this work and worry to Abstract and we haven't looked back. It's been a great experience.
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VAT Validation and Rates API Changelog

Updated VAT exemption data for 2024

February 19, 2024

Removed incorrect VAT rates for some countries in Asia Pacific region

January 9, 2024

Improved accuracy in VAT validation by 30%

December 19, 2023

FAQ about Abstract's
Vat Validation and Rates API

What is a Value Added Tax (VAT)?

A value-added tax (VAT) is a consumption tax that is applied to a product when value is applied to it at every step of a supply chain. This means it can be applied all the way from the initial steps of production to the final point of sale. The total VAT amount that is paid is on the cost of the product itself, excluding the cost of materials that had already been taxed on the product itself. Many countries around the world use some form of VAT, but it is most commonly found in the European Union.

Is it required to check and validate VAT numbers?

Yes, businesses selling to customers in the European Union must collect VAT numbers and submit them to the authorities. Incorrect VAT numbers -- whether the inaccuracy is purposeful or not -- could result in fines and / or other issues. Just as you would validate emails or validate phone numbers, it's best practice (and actually required!) that you validate VAT numbers.

Do you need to register for or collect VAT if your business is outside the European Union?

The short answer is that it depends, but generally yes. If you are selling to customers in the European Union, whether or not you yourself are based in the European Union, you must obtain a (free) VAT number. Every country in the EU enforces tax requirements related to VAT, so it's not recommended that you ignore it.
We can also help you identify emails that are from recently registered domains, even if those domains otherwise past other filters. Recently registered domains and emails can signal that the user is fraudulent, spammy, or in some other way needs to be reviewed.

Where does Abstract's VAT data come from?

We use a variety of sources to collect and validate VAT data to ensure our customers have the more accurate and up to date information available. We primarily rely on the VAT Information Exchange System (VIES) operated by the European Commission as a primary source, and then we supplement this with additional data and validations before we expose it to our end users.

Is it required that I include VAT in my invoices?

While each country in the European Union has different detailed requirements on what must be on an invoice, they generally all require VAT information to be included on the invoices themselves.

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