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Taxes in Europe

Important: We strongly advise you to consult a tax specialist to find out your specific obligations.

VAT on transactions from the EU to a country outside of the EU

When shipping material produced in an EU country to a customer located in a country outside the EU is treated as exports of goods from the EU and therefore VAT exempt.

 

VAT on cross border transactions within the EU

  • If you provide a valid EU VAT ID, supplies are treated as intra-community sales and are subject to zero-rated VAT, unless the VAT ID provided is registered in the country where we ship the printed materials from, as this would be considered a domestic sale. See below for the handling in the countries where Gelato is registered.

Note: Your EU VAT ID is added to your billing address in the Gelato Dashboard. You should normally be able to reclaim VAT payments from your tax authorities.

  • If no valid EU VAT ID is provided with your billing address in the Gelato Dashboard, we will charge VAT in the delivery country where Gelato is VAT registered.

 

VAT on domestic transactions within Europe

There is a difference between how countries are handling VAT.

Important: We always aim to produce materials in the country of delivery, however, in order to ensure the best quality and fast delivery for our customers we may in some cases send orders to a print partner outside the country of delivery, even if we have a print partner in the country of delivery. For information on local production and delivery please see below the VAT treatment in each country.

 

Local printing and delivery in Austria

Extended reverse charge does not apply to Austrian VAT legislation, therefore all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 20% VAT.

 

Local printing and delivery in Belgium

Extended reverse charge applies to Belgian VAT legislation, therefore orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to:

  • 21% VAT if you are NOT registered with a valid EU VAT ID in Belgium
  • 0% VAT if you are registered with a valid EU VAT ID in Belgium

Note: The Belgian VAT ID should be included in your billing address. You can then pay the applicable VAT directly to the tax authority in Belgium.

 

Local printing and delivery in Czech Republic

Extended reverse charge does not apply to Czech VAT legislation, therefore all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 21% VAT

 

Local printing and delivery in Denmark

Extended reverse charge does not apply to Danish VAT legislation, therefore all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 25% VAT.

 

Local printing and delivery in France

Extended reverse charge applies to French VAT legislation, therefore orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to:

  • 20% VAT if you are NOT registered with a valid EU VAT ID in France
  • 0% VAT if you are registered with a valid EU VAT ID in France

Note: The French VAT ID should be included in your billing address. You can then pay the applicable VAT directly to the tax authority in France. 

 

Local printing and delivery in Germany

Extended reverse charge does not apply to German VAT legislation, therefore all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 19% VAT.

Important: for the period from 1 July 2020 through 31 December 2020, the VAT standard rate is to be decreased to 16% (from 19%).

 

Local printing and delivery in Ireland

Extended reverse charge does not apply to Irish VAT legislation, therefore all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 23% VAT

 

Local printing and delivery in Italy

Extended reverse charge applies to Italian VAT legislation, therefore orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to:

  • 22% VAT if you are NOT registered with a valid EU VAT ID in Italy
  • 0% VAT if you are registered with a valid EU VAT ID in Italy

Note: The Italian VAT ID should be included in your billing address. You can then pay the applicable VAT directly to the tax authority in Italy.

 

Local printing and delivery in the Netherlands

Extended reverse charge applies to Dutch VAT legislation, therefore orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to:

  • 21% VAT if you are NOT registered with a valid EU VAT ID in the Netherlands
  • 0% VAT if you are registered with a valid EU VAT ID in the Netherlands

Note: The Dutch VAT ID should be included in your billing address. You can then pay applicable VAT directly to the tax authority in the Netherlands.

 

Local printing and delivery in Norway

Extended reverse charge does not apply to the Norwegian VAT legislation, therefore all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 25% VAT.

 

Local printing and delivery in Portugal

Extended reverse charge applies to Portuguese VAT legislation, however, since Gelato does not have a presence in Portugal all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 23% VAT.

 

Local printing and delivery in Spain

Extended reverse charge applies to Spanish VAT legislation, therefore orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to:

  • 21% VAT if you are NOT an established company
  • 0% VAT if you are an established company

Note: The company name should be included in your billing address. You can then pay applicable VAT directly to the tax authority in Spain.

Canary Islands: Gelato delivers printed materials to business customers in the Canary Islands. These supplies are treated as exports of goods from the EU and are VAT exempt. 

 

Local printing and delivery in Sweden

Extended reverse charge applies to Swedish VAT legislation, however, since Gelato has not registered for extended reverse charge in Sweden all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 25% VAT

 

Local printing and delivery in Switzerland

Extended reverse charge does not apply to Swiss VAT legislation, therefore all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 8% VAT

 

Local printing and delivery in the United Kingdom

Extended reverse charge does not apply to the United Kingdom's VAT legislation, therefore all orders produced locally will be treated as a domestic sales of goods and are subject to 20% VAT.

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