Do you need a VAT number in Spain?
A VAT number (or VAT registration) has been used to mean different things. To avoid confusion:
There are several reasons you might need a Spanish nonresident VAT number for your foreign company. Some examples are:
In order to do any of these, a legal and valid Spanish VAT number is necessary for non-Spanish entities. With our VAT registration service, once you send us the documents, you will receive your Spanish nonresident VAT number in 48 hours.
A nonresident company is required to have a representative in Spain as a point of contact for the tax office. We offer fiscal representation as part of our service.
Please make no mistake: if you want a European VAT number for your resident company (SL) (meaning to register your SL in censo VIES), this is a different service, which we call VIES registration.
Read more if you will need VAT registration in various countries of the European Union.
Read more if you plan to hire employees with your foreign company.
What is the format of a VAT number in Spain?
What is The Hague Apostille?
We have both an American company (from Delaware) and a French company. Does it matter which company documents we send you?
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?
What is VIES?
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?
My company wants to open a branch in Spain. Is this better than creating a new company?
Note that EU companies must be VAT-registered in their own country before applying for VAT registration in Spain.