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Add non-US countries to collect VAT, GST, or customs duty

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While you're adding jurisdictions in which you collect and remit, you may need to add businesses outside the US. Then, AvaTax calculates VAT, GST, or customs duty for sales in those countries. Before you select additional countries, review how AvaTax handles distance sale thresholds and place of supply settings.

Selecting Canadian provinces and territories turns on the calculation of Canadian Goods and Services Tax (GST) and/or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) for products or services delivered to Canadian customers. If you're a GST/HST registrant, you must select the 5 participating HST provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island. For more information, see What is GST/HST.
 

Before you begin

Add non-US countries to collect VAT / GST or customs duties

  1. In AvaTax, go to Settings > Where You Collect Tax.
  2. Click the VAT/GST or Customs Duty tab, and then click Add a Country.
  3. Check the box beside any country where you do business, and then click Add Selected Countries.
  4. Some countries may need extra attention. Adjust these settings and then click Next.
    • This company is established in this country
      Your company is "established" in a country if it has a physical location where business is conducted. Certain countries and trade agreements may define an establishment differently.
    • This company is the Importer of Record
      You're considered the importer of record if your business is responsible for making sure that your products are imported according to local customs. This determines who should collect customs duties and import taxes for a transaction. For information about how this setting impacts calculations, see Understand the importer of record setting.
    • This company uses an import VAT deferment scheme
      Check this if VAT payments have been deferred for products shipped to this country. This option is only available after selecting This Company is the Importer of Record.  Learn more about VAT deferment schemes 

Changes to where you collect are saved. Repeat these steps for additional countries. 

To edit a country later, click Add a Tax ID or the Details button to update its information.

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