I'm planning to sell (my own) software (yearly license actually) online, worldwide, from my Europe based company, business to business only. I'm really not into any financial topics but reading about it almost scared me away totally.

Did I get it right that for each country I make a sell in, I have to:

  1. (before the sale) register a VAT number per country
  2. create a receipt that conforms that country's laws (which can mean 200 types of different receipt templates)
  3. pay the VAT for each country in different timeframes, e.g. I have to pay monthly in India, yearly in USA, etc?

+1: does the process differ within the European Union?

If the points I've written are just partly correct this seems to be a nightmare to manage. Is there any service which takes care of these for a certain fee?

Thank you in advance!

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Yes, it is a nightmare to manage on your own for a small company. Fortunately, there are services that take of this for you and two examples are fastspring.com or paddle.com.

  • Thank you, I couldn't find them by Googling. Do you know if I need to use them within EU too, or it's somewhat simplified?
    – Peter
    Dec 9, 2018 at 15:55
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    I've never used them. I'm in the US so I don't need to deal with EU VAT. I think their services are primarily for companies in the EU who have to deal with this.
    – minou
    Dec 9, 2018 at 18:39
  • It actually is trivial. See, the OP talks B2B, not "b2enduser". B2B you sell reverse charge without charging VAT. The rest is something handled easily.
    – TomTom
    Dec 10, 2018 at 13:39

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