Verify VAT Number
Do you want to check if a new customer or supplier is valid or VAT Registered?
Do you want to avoid getting caught in a chain of fraudulent transactions?
Do you want to counteract the growing threat of fraud?
VAT Information Exchange System (VIES) uses real-time data feeds from individual member states’ VAT systems so the information should be up to date at all times.
You will get the following potential answers
- Yes, the VAT number is valid
- No, VAT number is invalid
- Yes, the VAT number is associated with a given name or address
- No, the VAT number is not associated with a given name or address
Bear in mind that you can only reclaim VAT if you have a valid VAT invoice from your suppliers. The details that must be shown on a valid VAT invoice include; the business name and address, a unique invoice number, the VAT registration number of the business, a description of the goods or services supplied and the date.
Before you apply for a VAT refund, you should first ensure that all these details are shown and correct on the invoice. It is also good practice to check that the supplier’s VAT number is valid, especially when you are reclaiming a large amount of VAT. If rules are not followed local tax authorities can refuse your request to reclaim the VAT.