When setting up your profile details you’re required to set up your business’s VAT registration number known in some countries as a Goods and Services Tax (GST) or simply Sales Tax.
For UK and Isle of Man, the VAT number consists of the country code GB followed by 9 digits (a block of 3, a block of 4 and a block of 2) - e.g. GB 123 4567 89.
Depending on where your business is based your VAT number will have a different format. Below you can see EU VAT identification number examples (for more examples of Non-EU and Latin America countries click here). The example starts with the Country followed by a 2 digit prefix and then the format:
- Austria - AT - AT + U + 8 digits, e.g. - ATU12345678.
- Belgium - BE - BE + 10 digits, the first digit following the prefix is always zero “0” or one (“1”) - e.g. BE012345678910. At this time no numbers starting with "1" are issued, but this can happen any time. Note that the old numbering schema only had 9 characters, separated with dots (e.g. 999.999.999), just adding a zero in front and removing the dots makes it a valid number in the new schema.
- Bulgaria - BG - BG + 9-10 digits, e.g. BG123456789.
- Denmark - DK - 8 digits - e.g. DK12345678, the last digit is a check digit.
- France - FR - FR + 2 digits (as validation key) + 9 digits (as SIREN), the first and /or second value can also be a character - e.g. FRXX123456789.
- Germany - DE - DE + 9 digits - e.g. DE123456789.
- Ireland - IE - IE + 7 digits and one letter, optionally followed by a 'W' for married women - e.g. IE1234567T or IE1234567TW.
- Italy - IT - IT + 11 digits (the first 7 digits is a progressive number, the following 3 means the province of residence, the last digit is a check number).
- Netherlands - NL - NL+ 9 digits + B + 2-digit company index – e.g. NL123456789B12.
- Spain - ES - For companies it's either ES + letter + 8 digits or ES + letter + 7 digits + letter. Where the first letter defines the type of company and the following first 2 digits define the province where the company was registered. The last character is a control digit. For individual people / freelancers, its either ES + 8 digits + letter (for Spaniards) or ES + letter + 7 digits + letter (for foreigners) - e.g. ES99999999R.
- Sweden - SE - SE + 12 digits of which the last two are most often 01 - e.g. SE123456789101.