? api_key = YOUR_API_KEY
& amount = 175
& country_code = DE
"company_name": "Google Sweden AB",
"company_address": "Google Ireland Ltd, M Collins, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland",
Updated documentation and migrated to a new provider: https://docs.abstractapi.com/vat-validation
July 4, 2023
Improved response times by 15%, integrated new data set for enhanced VAT rate accuracy
May 31, 2023
Updated Ireland standard and reduced rates following Covid measures
September 1, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.