I am in the process of moving the money to be able to order (don't you sometimes just hate banks?). I guess on Tuesday I will be able to order one each. When do I have to pay my VAT? On ordering the pens or in german customs? For the latter I have to take a half-day vacation, as they are open until 3pm, the last time I was there...
VAT was added on my checkout with PayPal.
The pens will be send from Italy, so you pay VAT in Italy, and as the pens stay within the EU normally you won't have any bother with customs.
I have ordered a pen from France once (Lewertowski) and it is just the same as if you order from your own country. I also order quite a lot of books through Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de and never have anyone to deal with but the postman.
Actually, almost correct.
Because we are e-selling, and we deal with B2B in our transaction with Stipula, we have to pay VAT at the rate valid for the countries where the pens are sent to, or rather, where the receiver holds residence. In short, everybody will get charged according to local VAT-rates. That's the law. And that is how the FPN Store has been set up as well
. It may be different if one deals with a shop which holds stock, and which is due VAT for their stock holdings, but as we are dealing B2B, we don't pay any VAT initially, until a package crosses the border of the final destination (provided of course, VAT is due for that destination).
Fortunately, there are minimum requirements for VAT registration, otherwise we would have to do that as well - and that is very expensive and time consuming. However, registered for VAT or not, we are still due the VAT which the different countries charge, by law.
So yes, everybody will only be dealing with the postman or rather, courier, but we, as in, FPN, will have to deal with the different countries tax offices
. And no, nobody will be charged Italian VAT rates, except for those who hold residence in Italy, and don't live in a VAT-free area in Italy (Vatican City).
Since we have to charge VAT by law, VAT will be included on your invoice, if you are due for VAT, and therefore you will have paid for VAT when you have paid for your order. It is actually added on the invoice, not by PayPal - the FPN Store software adds VAT if necessary and only then interfaces to PayPal with the correct total amount of your order.
HTH, warm regards, Wim
P.S. to D.ick: Now you know why so much testing was required...
Edited by wimg, 05 June 2011 - 22:36.