Value-Added Tax, or VAT, is a tax on goods and services for residents of countries in the European Union (EU). Rates range from 15% to 25%, depending on the country.
As we’re growing internationally, it's important to ensure we comply with relevant laws. Part of that compliance process includes collecting VAT from qualifying EU residents, which is an EU legal requirement. If you’re exempt, you can enter your VAT Registration Number (also known as a VAT ID) to confirm your exemption status.
This guide includes FAQs and instructions regarding our VAT collection process.
Note: For help collecting VAT using Squarespace Commerce, visit Collecting VAT or GST.
VAT and Squarespace pricing
If you live in an applicable country and don’t verify that you’re exempt from VAT, all regular payments you make to Squarespace starting February 2016 are subject to an additional VAT charge according to your country’s standard rate. This will apply to any paid service we offer, including your:
- Website subscription’s next billing cycle
- G Suite subscription’s next billing cycle or charges for new users
- Domain purchases or renewals
- Squarespace Domain’s next annual billing cycle
- Getty Images purchases
Prices listed on our website don’t include VAT, but you’ll see your total charge and a tax breakdown before checkout and on your invoices.
Am I exempt from VAT?
If you’re a consumer residing in the EU, we’ll begin collecting VAT in February 1 2016. If you’re a business in the EU and follow these steps to enter a valid VAT Registration Number, you should be exempt from VAT collection.
Enter a VAT Registration Number
You’ll need: Your business name and your VAT Registration Number. If our system doesn't recognize your VAT Registration Number after following the steps below, check if it's valid on the European Commission's website.
If you’re running a site for a business and are exempt from VAT, we recommend following these steps. For Squarespace sites you already have:
- In the Home Menu, click Settings, click Billing & Account, and then click Billing.
- Click Credit Card.
- You’ll see your current credit card information.
- Ensure a qualifying EU country is selected from the Country drop-down menu.
- You should see the VAT Status fields below your payment information.
- Enter your business name and VAT Registration Number.
- Re-enter your credit card number and CVV for verification.
- Click Save.
- Refresh the page to see your updated VAT exemption status.
If you run multiple Squarespace business sites in the countries below, repeat these steps for each site individually.
For new Squarespace sites: Complete the VAT fields on the checkout page when upgrading to paid service.
Taking these steps:
- Exempts you from VAT.
- Adds your VAT information to any invoice for a payment that included VAT.
VAT number validation tool
To check if your VAT Registration Number is valid and formatted correctly, use the European Commission's validation tool.
If you reside in a country listed below and aren’t otherwise exempt from VAT (for example, if you live in a tax-free zone), then we will collect VAT in connection with your payments.
For instructions on getting a VAT Registration Number in that country, click its link.
- Croatia - How to Register a Business, Ministry of Finance
- Czech Republic
- France - Portal for Autoentrepreneur, Registering a Business
- Isle of Man
- Malta - Business Registration, Tax Registration
- Monaco - Starting a Business, VAT Information
- Netherlands - Starting a Business, Registering a Business
- Poland - Ministry of Justice, Entrepreneur Registration
- United Kingdom
If you’re a recognized international organization with a tax/VAT exemption certificate issued by an EU member state instead of a VAT Registration Number, we can waive VAT collection if you send us your documentation:
- Send us an email.
- Subject: VAT - Pan EU certificate
- Body: Include your domain name or built-in domain (you.squarespace.com)
- Attachments: A certificate issued by an organization such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your host EU member state. If not issued in English, please include an English translation.
After we review your certificate, we’ll follow up with a confirmation of your VAT exemption status for Squarespace billing.
I received an email about VAT, but I don’t think it applies to me. What should I do?
It’s possible that you received this email in error. Our EU VAT collection process doesn’t apply to you if you do not reside in the EU.
If you don't reside in an EU country, open the Business Information panel and check if your business address is correct. If your business address is correct and you aren’t located in a country listed above, you can disregard this email.
Will you collect VAT for past subscription payments?
We aren't retroactively collecting VAT for past invoices.