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Buying domains for your business - Namecheap told me to edit my receipt after purchase...

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by LostConnection, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. LostConnection

    LostConnection Senior Member

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    So as some of you might have already read from this forum, I'm from Finland and my company is also based here (well, both of them actually).

    Here we need to either store all receipts ourselves, or hand them over to our accountant who will store them for us. All the receipts need to be seen by the accountant in order for them to do our accounting. All very simple and similar to what happens in many other countries.

    But what is the policy in other countries about editing your receipts after you've gotten them from the seller...?

    Because Namecheap's rep just told me on live chat to "edit the receipt if necessary" so that I could have my business information (name and VAT ID) on the receipt, not my own name and address. And as far as I'm concerned, that's a big no no.

    Modifying receipts isn't something I'm going to do, so now I need to find another domain provider that actually gives me a proper business receipt, but isn't GoDaddy :rolleyes:

    Some things I want from the provider are realiability, fair pricing (no GoDaddy price hikes) and their SSL certificates don't cost a fortune. Oh and whois privacy is a nice addition, but not really necessary.

    I'd also like to hear your thoughts about the Namecheap thing and modifying receipts in general...
     
  2. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    I wouldn't edit any receipts at least until you have spoken to your accountant.

    Also read this:
    Customers categorized as Business or Charity users in the EU may be required to self-account for VAT under EC Directive 2006/112, Art 196, using the reverse charge mechanism.
    http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/vat/how_vat_works/telecom/index_en.htm#new_rules

    The reason namecheap do not provide their VAT info is that they do not charge VAT on domain purchases.
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    https://www.namecheap.com/support/k...spx/9204/21/do-you-include-vat-in-your-prices

    This is surprising because they should be charging you VAT because you are EU based. AFAIK this should have started in January.
    http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...-uk-vatmoss-eu-vat-changes-jan-01-2015-a.html
    http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/vat/how_vat_works/telecom/index_en.htm#legislation
    http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/vat/how_vat_works/telecom/index_en.htm
    https://www.vero.fi/en-US/Companies_and_organisations/VAT/VAT_Special_Scheme(35337)
    https://www.vero.fi/en-US/Companies_and_organisations/VAT
    https://www.vero.fi/en-US/Companies_and_organisations/International_operations

    Looking on the webs shows that you aren't the first to face this problem.

    I would speak to your accountant
     
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  3. LostConnection

    LostConnection Senior Member

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    Yeah exactly what I thought, since the new regulations came to play (for example, my hosting company does ask for my VAT ID and by placing it on the invoice they can leave out the VAT charge and have me deal with it, that's normal).

    Have to ask my accountant, but that definitely isn't right in my opinion when it comes to us European business owners.

    And nice research mate, managed to go all the way to the Finnish tax agency's site! :cool:

    Cheers mate

    EDIT: Digitalocean as an American company has a nice page about this, and this is exactly how I know it should be done:
    https://www.digitalocean.com/help/pricing-and-billing/tax-help-eu/
     
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