VIES registration: EU VAT registration for your Spanish company to allow intracommunitary VAT exemption
If you have a Spanish company (with a Spanish tax ID), we can apply for a European VAT number (VIES) for you, as long as you fulfill the requirements.
What is VIES?VIES (VAT Information Exchange System) is an online database created by the EU that lets you find out if a company has been approved as part of the intracommunitary system. If a company is selling goods to a company based in a different EU country and both companies are listed in the VIES database, then the goods are exempt from VAT tax. If both companies are in the same country then VAT must still be applied.
Using the VIES database, an approved company can find out immediately whether an invoice must include VAT or not by looking up the VAT number of the company they are doing business with. Each EU member tax office maintains an electronic database that sends the information to the central VIES database. The database has two main objectives:
I have a Spanish company with a CIF. My advisor told me that it's valid, but the European VAT registry website says that it's an invalid VAT number. Why?
I plan to sell online in Spain. Do I charge Spanish VAT tax?
I operate a shoe company in the USA. We are starting to manufacture our shoes in Spain. Will the VAT automatically be deducted by the Spanish shoe factory, since we are not located in a country that uses the VAT system?
We are a Swiss company and we are going to open a call center in Barcelona to serve our European (non-Spanish) clients. Do we need to register for VAT in Spain?
We are a UK company that provides onsite computer server support. We have been asked to undertake this role in Spain. Since we are required to charge VAT locally, we will require an VAT number, right?
My French company is selling in Spain. Can we avoid having our Spanish clients pay VAT tax?
There are areas in Europe such as the Canary Islands that are outside the VAT system, so a VAT number for a company based in the Canary Islands will never show up in the VIES system.