If a company not established in Estonia is providing ‘taxable supplies’ of goods or services in Estonia, it may have to obtain a non-resident VAT registration. In accordance with the EU VAT Directive, foreign traders are legally obligated to register for VAT in certain circumstances in order to report taxable transactions and declare VAT that must be charged.
It is important that all businesses with any commercial activity in Estonia assess their compliance obligations and register prior to commencing taxable transactions if applicable.
What you need to know
There are various scenarios that would trigger an obligation to register for VAT in Estonia. Some of the most common examples are:
Importing goods into Estonia from outside the European Union
Buying and selling goods in Estonia
Selling goods from Estonia which are delivered to customers outside of Estonia (business or private customers)
Acquiring goods in Estonia from another EU country (Intra-community acquisitions)
Holding inventory in Estonia for sale, distribution or consignment
E-commerce sales of goods to consumers, subject to Distance Selling VAT registration thresholds
Organising events in Estonia where attendees or delegates must pay admission
If you are currently, or plan to conduct any of the above (or similar) transactions in Estonia, you should contact us immediately for a complimentary consultation.
VAT Rates, Formats & Thresholds
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