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How does Avalara Support Place of Supply Rules for VAT?


You want to know how Avalara supports Place of Supply rules for VAT, Permanent Establishment, and Seller Importer of Record.


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  • Place of Supply rules for VAT depend on a few settings and the transaction details:
    • You have to have Global tax calculation service, ask your account manager to add Global service
    • You set if you have nexus and Permanent Establishment in the corresponding jurisdiction (country) in Nexus
      • Default value for Permanent Establishment is True for each country you select
      • Transactions tax differently depending on if the Destination is a country where you have selected nexus
      • Transactions for physical goods are taxed differently if you have set nexus in the destination country, and are physically present or are not physically present
    • You set Seller is Importer of Record on each transaction, whether via a GetTaxRequest from your accounting system or in the Admin Console
      • Default value for "Seller is importer" is False on every transaction unless set to True
      • The checkbox in the Admin Console is visible on any Transaction or in the Advanced Tax Calculator
      • Transactions for physical goods are taxed differently, depending on whether the Seller is Importer of Record, or not
    • You set what is being sold via a Tax Code at the line level on each transaction
      • Seller is Importer of Record has a different effect on Physical, Freight, and Digital goods


Note: Some key features to consider:

  • Currently all supported VAT countries follow Place of supply rules
    • If any specific custom tax rules are required they are added on top of place of supply rules 
  • Place of supply rules do not apply for US Imports and Exports.
  • Reverse Charge is only supported when destination address is an EU country
    • For NonEU to EU purchase transactions Reverse charge will not be calculated for Tax Code Type P (Goods) and TaxCode Type D with IsPhysical=True (DigitalGoods)
  • Reverse charge will be calculated for both conditions when Business Identification No is present or absent.