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Paying $50 for PayPal VAT number

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by Kikerinka, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Kikerinka

    Kikerinka Senior Member

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    Hi guys,
    I need VAT number of PayPal (Europe) S.a r.l. et Cie, S.C.A. Registered Office: 22-24 Boulevard Royal L-2449, Luxembourg

    It's not easy to get this number and I wasted quite a time searching for it and contacting PayPal, etc. However, I really need this number for local tax authorities. I will send the first person who PM me the number (or write it in the thread) $50 immediately. There is a website to verify if VAT number is correct (http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/), so I'll use it to verify.

    Thanks in advance and I really hope someone can help me with this quickly.
    Kikerinka
     
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    sturose Power Member

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    According to THIS paypal thread they don't charge VAT in their registered country of Luxembourg which can be verified on THIS site due to certain banking and financial services being exempt. I assume that is one of the reasons they have their main office their.

    The first link gives a VAT number for the UK, where are you from OP? I would think it would be their VAT registration in your own country that would be required.

     
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  4. Kikerinka

    Kikerinka Senior Member

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    Guys, I know the VAT number for PayPal in UK. I need the one for Luxembourg, because I am from EU and deal with their Luxembourg division.
    And any company in the EU that deals with other EU countries must be registered for VAT, even if they do not have an obligation to pay it. This is European tax laws... So, there's no winner of $50 yet, Still waiting for their Luxembourg VAT number.

    Thanks
     
  5. Trepanated

    Trepanated Supreme Member

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    Paypal is registered as a bank in Luxembourg, which means they are VAT exempt.

    I'm not certain, but I think that may mean they don't need a VAT number.

    Ebay have their LU VAT ID number on their website, so I imagine if Paypal had one they would do the same?
     
  6. Kikerinka

    Kikerinka Senior Member

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    E-bay owns PayPal, but it goes about two different companies. So, I believe that PayPal will have a different VAT ID. However, if they are exempt and do not have one, it's a big problem for me...
    Still, as far as my knowledge goes, even if they are not obliged to pay VAT, they have the number. Actually my company is the same... I am not VAT payer, but have the number, because I deal with other entities from the EU (like PayPal does...)

    Ah, I just hoped this would be easier to get. Why must this world be so bureaucratic?
     
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    Trepanated Supreme Member

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    Yes, I know that.

    My point was that if Ebay display their LU VAT number on their website - and if Ebay own Paypal - then Paypal would probably do the same (if they have one)

    The fact they don't may be because they don't have one.
     
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    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Kikerinka Senior Member

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    Ok, I got a response from my account manager at PayPal, finally.
    He didn't give me VAT number and as somebody said here already, they are VAT exempt. What is a big problem for me, as I can not apply a creative method of accounting I was meant to apply on larger scale...
    Seems it's time to open a company in less bureaucratic country than the one where I live, or in country that has good regulations and clear laws and its legal system is ready for new ways of online business.

    Anyway, thank you guys for your advice and willingness to help, I really appreciate that!