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Amazon.de / Amazon.co.uk: Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer verwalten / Manage VAT Registration Number

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/31

When you order for business usage, and your business can deduct VAT/Mwst, you can have Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk send invoices without VAT for most goods.

Some restrictions apply, read these pages before performing the steps below:

For Amazon.de (they ship most goods for free from Germany to us for orders over EUR 20), follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Mein Konto” https://www.amazon.de/gp/css/homepage.html
  2. Go to “Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer verwalten” https://www.amazon.de/gp/vatRegistration/manage
  3. Follow the steps, start by filling in your country (“Wählen Sie Ihr EU-Land”).
  4. Enter company name, full delivery address (if a new one, save it first “Adresse speichern”) and VAT number (“Umsatzsteuer-Identifikationsnummer”)
  5. Add a check mark for “Hiermit akzeptiere ich alle Bedingungen…”, then submit (“Abschicken”).
  6. Wait 1-4 days for the VAT number to get verified (you get a verification email; until then it will list as “Bitte warten — wird verifiziert”, after that as “Aktiv”).
  7. Done.

For Amazon.co.uk (they ship most goods for free from the UK to us for orders over GBP 25 and using Super Saver Delivery), follow these steps:

  1. Go to “Your account” https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/css/homepage.html.
  2. Go to “Manage VAT Registration Number” https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/vatRegistration/manage.
  3. Follow the steps, start by filling in your country (“Select EU Country”).
  4. Enter company name, full delivery address (if a new one, save it first “Save address”) and VAT number.
  5. Add a check mark for “I accept and acknowledge”, then submit (“Submit”).
  6. Wait 1-4 days for the VAT number to get verified (you get a verification email, until then it will be listed “Pending” after waiting it will list as “Active”).
  7. Done.

Notes:

  • The VAT registration only works for Amazon itself and a few connected sites. The registration does not apply to other merchants trading through Amazon!
  • Despite different page titles, the URLs on both sites are built in a similar way.
  • You can enter different VAT numbers for different countries (if you are part of a company that has different subsidiaries).
  • When you add one or more VAT numbers, you are not allowed to order for private usage any more. It is wise to have two separate accounts: one for private usage, and one for business usage.
  • For some countries, the validation is done almost immediately (Amazon.co.uk was faster for us than Amazon.de).

–jeroen

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