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German photographers - VAT tax handling


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#1 Andreas

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Even if I have only a small revenue selling licenses, I opted to pay VAT in Germany. The benefit is that any VAT I pay on gear  (19%) gets refunded (good for people with GAS), I charge 7%  on licenses, the net balance of both is often positive for me. When I signed up for Alamy, I didnt see any option in the user account settings to enter a german VAT ID.
Only a british VAT ID starting with GB  + 9 digits may get entered. I checked german requirements at the information desk of our local tax authorities, they told me that I need to add 7 % german VAT on any revenue I make in GB.  I mailed contributor service - they add VAT only to photographers with a britisch VAT id.

 

Could any german photographer who opted for VAT tell how he handles this ? Would expect same questions for photographers in other EC countries.

 

Thanks, Andreas

 

 


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#2 funkyworm

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Hi Andreas,

 

I hoped someone from Germany had chimed in with an answer more pertinent to your situation. I live in The Netherlands and am registered with the local tax authorities for VAT here in Amsterdam.

 

Here in Holland I charge corporations I deal with in the EU outside of The Netherlands 0% vat. I do need their VAT numbers though. Sometime during the year I then fill in a form from the Dutch tax authorities listing the companies I have charged that 0% rate the previous year and the amount. Then the Ministers of Finance go along to Brussels and work it out amongst themselves over a beer. With Alamy where I dont need to make an invoice I just make an entry on my income spreadsheet with the VAT rate at zero.

 

As an aside, every agent I work with seems to have its own way of dealing with tax treaties to cover wage tax. Alamy is one of the few I dont need to provide any documentation that I live and work in Holland and therefore am exempt UK wage tax. With the political situation as it is I can see things changing in the foreseeable future.


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#3 DDoug

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Posted A week ago

I don't have any information about this myself, but generally look to discussions at Toytown for answers to questions like this.

 

https://www.toytowng...ng-up-invoices/


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#4 arterra

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Posted A week ago

Hi Andreas,

 

I hoped someone from Germany had chimed in with an answer more pertinent to your situation. I live in The Netherlands and am registered with the local tax authorities for VAT here in Amsterdam.

 

Here in Holland I charge corporations I deal with in the EU outside of The Netherlands 0% vat. I do need their VAT numbers though. Sometime during the year I then fill in a form from the Dutch tax authorities listing the companies I have charged that 0% rate the previous year and the amount. Then the Ministers of Finance go along to Brussels and work it out amongst themselves over a beer. With Alamy where I dont need to make an invoice I just make an entry on my income spreadsheet with the VAT rate at zero.

 

As an aside, every agent I work with seems to have its own way of dealing with tax treaties to cover wage tax. Alamy is one of the few I dont need to provide any documentation that I live and work in Holland and therefore am exempt UK wage tax. With the political situation as it is I can see things changing in the foreseeable future.

 

Same here, in little Belgium.

 

Cheers,

Philippe


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#5 Inchiquin

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Posted A week ago

It's much the same for VAT-registered Brits when they deal with EU suppliers.

 

It will all be academic in the future anyway, now that we've thrown our EU toys out of the pram.

 

Alan


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#6 Andreas

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Posted A week ago

Thanks for your feedback - I assume that the procedure will be the same here in Germany and the guy at the information desk at the tax authorities does not see cases like this often.


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