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Value Added Tax (VAT) number

Businesses who provide or receive goods and services within the European single market require a value-added tax identification number (VAT ID No.) for processing.

Possession of a valid VAT ID No. is one of the prerequisites for these goods and services to be provided or received VAT-exempt, provided that the company based in the other EU member state has a valid VAT ID No, too.


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