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EU Place of Supply

European Union (EU) merchants must report their digital goods sold by quarter to each
member country. Digital goods are taxed based on the customer’s billing address. The law
requires merchants to run a tax report and identify the relevant tax amounts for digital goods,
as opposed to physical goods.
Merchants must report all digital goods sold by EU member countries on a quarterly basis to a
central tax administration, along with payment due for tax collected during the period.
Merchants who have not yet reached the threshold (50k/100k Euro of annual business) must
continue to report physical goods sold to the EU states where they have registered VAT
numbers.
Merchants who are audited for taxes paid for digital goods, must provide two pieces of
supporting information to establish the customer place of residence.

  • The customer’s billing address and a record of a successful payment transaction can be used
    to establish the customer place of residence. (Payment is accepted only if the billing address
    matches payment provider information.)
  • The information can also be captured directly from the data store in the Magento database
    tables.

To collect digital goods tax information:

1. Load the tax rates for all EU member countries.
2. Create a digital goods product tax class.
3. Assign all your digital goods to the digital goods product tax class.
4. Create tax rules for your physical goods, using physical product tax classes, and associate them
with the appropriate tax rates.
5. Create tax rules for your digital goods, using use the product tax class for digital goods, and
associate them with the appropriate tax rates for EU member countries.
6. Run the tax report for the appropriate period, and collect the required digital goods
information.
7. Export the tax amounts that are related to the tax rates for the digital goods product tax class.
See also:
European Commission Taxation and Customs Union
EU 1015 Place of Supply Changes

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