Value added tax identification number
The Value added tax identification number (VATIN) is an
identifierused in the European Union Value Added Taxfor taxation purposes.
The identifier starts with an
ISO 3166-1 alpha-2country code, except for Greece which uses the non-standard country code EL, and then has between 5 and 12 characters. These 5 to 12 characters are in most countries only numbers, but in some countries they also contain some letters.
Some foreign companies that trade with non-enterprises in the EU have a VATIN starting with "EU". [ [http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageVAT_ShowContent&id=HMCE_CL_000922&propertyType=document Electronically supplied services: Special scheme for non-EU Businesses] , HM Revenue and Customs, reference: VAT Info Sheet 07/03, May 2003]
VAT numbers by countries
European Union VAT identification numbers
VAT numbers of non-EU countries
Value added tax
European Union Value Added Tax Area
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