Value-Added Tax, or VAT, is a tax on goods and services for residents of the European Union, United Kingdom, and other countries. Rates range from 7.7% to 27%, depending on the country.
If you're a qualifying resident, we may collect VAT along with your subscription payments.
Tip: For help collecting VAT using Squarespace Commerce, visit Collecting VAT or GST. For residents of Australia, visit Australian and New Zealand GST and Squarespace billing. For residents of Canada, visit Canadian tax and Squarespace billing.
VAT and Squarespace pricing
If you live in an applicable country and don’t verify that you’re exempt, all payments you make to Squarespace are subject to VAT according to your country’s standard rate. This will apply to any paid service we offer, including your:
- Website subscription purchases or renewals
- Domain purchases, renewals, or transfers
- Email Campaigns purchases or renewals
- Google Workspace subscription purchases, renewals, or charges for new users
- Getty Images purchases
Prices listed on our website don’t include VAT. You’ll see your total charge and a tax breakdown before checkout and on your invoices.
Am I exempt from VAT?
Your country's tax laws determine if you're eligible for a VAT exemption. We can't advise on VAT exemption eligibility. If you've registered for a valid EU, UK, Norway, or Swiss VAT Registration Number (see the note below regarding Irish businesses) and have documentation, you can submit that information to us. How you submit your VAT exemption is based on where you live:
- The EU, the UK, or Norway - follow the steps in the next section
- Switzerland - follow these steps to submit an exemption request
Note: If you’re a Squarespace customer based in Ireland, you do business with Squarespace Ireland Ltd. We must collect VAT from your payment, even if you have a valid VAT ID. If you have a valid VAT ID, you may be entitled to reclaim the VAT. To learn about this process, visit Reclaiming VAT. You can also add a business name and VAT ID to have it display on your invoice.
Verify your exemption (EU, UK, and Norway)
If you run a site for a business in the EU, UK, or Norway and are exempt from VAT collection, follow these steps. You’ll need:
- Your business name
- Your VAT Registration Number or Norwegian Organization Number
Taking the steps outlined below exempts you from VAT collection for any subscriptions paid for using the payment method on file for your site or standalone subscription, and adds your business name and registration numbers to any invoice for a payment that included VAT.
For Squarespace sites or standalone subscriptions you already have
- In the Home menu, click Settings, then click Billing & account.
- Click Billing.
- Click Credit card.
- Re-enter your credit card information for verification.
- Ensure a qualifying 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 or Norwegian Organization Number. It is optional to add the two-letter country code in the Registration Number. If you enter your business name, you must also enter your VAT registration number.
- Click Save.
- Refresh the page to see your updated VAT exemption status.
If you run multiple Squarespace business sites in applicable countries, repeat these steps for each site individually.
For new Squarespace sites or standalone subscriptions you’re purchasing
Complete the VAT fields on the checkout page when upgrading to paid service. Keep in mind, if you enter your business name, you must also enter your VAT registration number.
Check your VAT information
If our system doesn't recognize your VAT information after following the above steps, ensure your information is valid and formatted correctly:
- For EU businesses, use the European Commission's validation tool to ensure your VAT Registration Number is valid and formatted correctly.
- For Norwegian businesses, use Brønnøysund Register (BRREG) system to ensure your Norwegian Organization Number is valid and formatted correctly.
- For UK business, use the Gov.uk validation tool to ensure your VAT number is valid and formatted correctly.
Submit an exemption request (Switzerland)
If your organization is exempt from Switzerland VAT and your site is active on paid service, submit an exemption request here. Ensure that you attach the appropriate exemption forms, duly stamped and signed. If they're not in English, please include an English translation.
After our billing specialists review your information, we’ll respond about your exemption status. We can’t apply tax exemptions to trial or expired sites.
If you change your billing information in the future, you’ll need to submit another exemption request.
Remove a VAT exemption
If you don't need your VAT exemption anymore, remove it by updating your billing credit card and deleting the VAT information. We can't remove the exemption for you.
If you run multiple websites, repeat the process for each site that no longer needs VAT exemption.
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), we'll collect VAT in connection with your payments.
For information on VAT exemption in that country, click its link.
- Czech Republic
- Ireland (Note: Squarespace is required to collect VAT from Irish residents and businesses, even if you have a valid VAT ID.)
- Isle of Man
- United Kingdom
Pan EU exemption
If you’re a recognized international organization with a tax/VAT exemption certificate issued by an EU member state, we can waive VAT collection if you send us your documentation:
- Open an email ticket.
- Subject: VAT - Pan EU certificate
- Website URL: Include your domain name or built-in domain (yoursiteid.squarespace.com)
- Attachments: A certificate issued by an organization such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your host EU member state. If it's not in English, please include an English translation.
After we review your certificate, we’ll follow up to confirm if you're exempt.
I’m based in Ireland and I have a valid VAT ID. Why am I still paying VAT?
If you reside or have your principal place of business in Ireland, Squarespace will still collect VAT on your payments. All Squarespace customers who live outside the United States do business with Squarespace Ireland Ltd.
We included this information in our Terms of Service update that went into effect on May 14, 2018. We sent an email to all customers about this update on April 13, 2018, including a link to our blog post.
I received an email about VAT, but I don’t think it applies to me. What should I do?
It’s possible you received this email in error. Our VAT collection process doesn’t apply to you if you do not reside in the EU, UK, Norway, or Switzerland.
If you don't reside in a qualifying 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.