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POLL: VAT and the EU

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tookey23 Inactive Member writes:

American taxes are a nightmare of different levels and the fact you can still pay by check (hello 1990!) leaves the US as one of few with a lack of decent ecommerce.

Like the UK some of the US taxes are not supposed to be passed on to non resident purchases but in my industry they are as its hard for the operator to strip out certain Federal, State and county taxes out of the mix of others that do appear everywhere.

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I expect VAT to be charged to those outside the EU
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Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP writes:

If a buyer is outside the EU they are not liable to pay the VAT, which is often about 20%. VAT is unlike American-style sales tax in that it's already included in the price of items, not added upon purchase. Thus it's easy for someone outside the EU to be unaware of it. Since a seller is not obligated to pay VAT on sales outside the EU, a seller can effectively mark-up the price by a large amount without the buyer being awake. Some companies, such as Ground Zero Games, don't charge VAT. Others do. Do you expect vendors to charge VAT to Americans, Canadians, and others outside the EU? Do you feel strongly on this?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.