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VAT Identification Number

eBay will accept a valid VAT Identification Number that meets the verification standards set out below. Such VAT Identification Numbers start with a country-specific prefix followed by a maximum of 12 alphanumerical digits or capital characters. The chart below sets out the format of VAT Identification Numbers.

If your tax authority has not yet provided you with a VAT Identification Number that meets these requirements and you are entitled to VAT exemption under applicable law and regulation, please contact your local tax office to get a VAT Identification Number described here.

The relevant authority for the UK is Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and for Ireland, the Irish Revenue Commissioners.

Format of VAT Identification

Country

Countrycode

Position

Austria

AT

+ capital character U + 8 digits

Belgium

BE

+ 9 digits

Cyprus

CY

+ 9 digits/ capital characters

Czech Republic

CZ

+ 8, 9 or 10 digits/capital characters

Denmark

DK

+ 8 digits

Estonia

EE

+ 9 digits/capital characters

Finland

FI

+ 8 digits

France

FR

+ 11 digits

Germany

DE

+ 9 digits

Great Britain

GB
GB
GB

+ 9 digits or
+ 9 + 3 digits or
+ 2 capital characters + 3 digits

Greece

EL
GR

+ 9 digits
+ 9 digits

Hungary

HU

+ 8 digits/capital characters

Ireland

IE

+ 8 capital characters

Italy

IT

+ 11 digits

Latvia

LV

+ 11 digits/capital characters

Lithuania

LT

+ 9 or 12 digits/capital characters

Luxembourg

LU

+ 8 digits

Malta

MT

+ 8 digits/capital characters

Netherlands

NL

+ 9 digits + capital character + 2 digits

Poland

PL

+ 10 digits/capital characters

Portugal

PT

+ 9 digits

Slovak Republic

SK

+ 9 or 10 digits/capital characters

Slovenia

SI

+ 8 digits/capital characters

Spain

ES

+ 9 digits and capital characters

Sweden

SE

+ 12 digits

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