EU VAT number validation

If you’re charging sales tax on your products and services, you may wish to allow EU VAT registered businesses the ability to enter their VAT ID so that the tax is zero-rated at checkout.

ThriveCart lets you easily add this field to your checkout pages if you have enabled sales tax collection.

You can do this from your product settings Checkout > Customize tab.

Then you’ll want to locate the Edit requested fields button for the template.

This will open a modal window where you can set which fields display on your checkout. You can enable Collect EU VAT Number from within here (if the option is not showing, it’s because you’ve not got sales tax enabled on your product).

So now, when a customer lands on your checkout from a country in the EU an optional field will be shown requesting their VAT Number. By default sales tax will be applied to your product, but if the customer enters a number into the VAT number field, the system will verify this is a valid VAT ID for their country and then remove (zero-rate) the sales tax on the cart.

After entering a valid VAT number for their country, the sales tax will be removed from the order.

Things to note;

  • ThriveCart will only display this field when applicable. If your customer is based outside of the EU, this field will not show.
  • If sales tax is not enabled for your product, this field won’t be an option as it does not impact the pricing on the cart. If you want to collect a VAT ID without enabling sales tax, use a custom field.
  • The system checks to make sure that the VAT ID is valid to the country of the customer and that it’s a valid VAT ID. This prevents users entering random numbers into the checkout.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly

Related Articles