I work as a freelance (sole-trader) doing web-related services. I have a potential client who is based in the Dominican Republic, but I am not entirely sure what I should bear in mind regarding tax-related stuff as my clients are all of them based on the UK and EU. Shall I add VAT, or any other important thing I have to consider?


Shall I add VAT,

No, why would you? VAT is a EU concept and a consumer tax for EU residents (ignoring details because they are irrelevant for the question).

Last time I checked the Dominican Republic is not in the EU - so VAT does not apply. YOu essentially are exporting out of VAT territory. This is not subject to EU VAT regardless of the type of client. VAT only applies to EU - not even EU Economic Area.

any other important thing I have to consider?

Freelancer: ASK YOU ACCOUNTANT. Not have one? Well, there is bad and there is legally not smart. That is that. Why? Because with an accountant ANY error is HIS fault. He has insurance AND - you have plausible deniability (as in: he makes a mistake, the government may not fine you to start with as you can prove you had no intent).

  • Great, thanks for your reply. I've never used an accountant as I keep all records and never had any issues during the last 5 years. Anyway, I definitely need one now as even with my EU customers things are not clear due to Brexit. Will contact one. Thanks. – Antonio Andrés Jan 19 at 11:28
  • That is SERIOUSLY dangerous - if you do everything yourself, you have neither insurance nor arm's length argumentation. Years ago I had to correct a LOT of accounting due to some "creative" interpretation. The fine? ZERO. Not even late payment fee - because I had paperform from my accountant agreeing that my interpretation is not incorrect and the topic not tested in court. So, I could prove that my decision to use that particular interpretation was (a) not malicious and (b) backed by a professional. Using an accountant is not (only) about doing your taxes, but also about legal protection. – TomTom Jan 19 at 11:30
  • Thanks Tom. I will. – Antonio Andrés Jan 20 at 12:55

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