Leosghost - 9:16 pm on Apr 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
Hostgator just decided to charge VAT to Europeans ( they do not need to* )..Godaddy have been doing so for years ( they also do not need to* )..What will they be doing with the VAT collected ? ( approx 20% over "sticker" ) ? ..They both also require business tax docs ( VAT number ) to be sent if one does not wish to be charged..
Neither has "presence" in Europe ..
* These are "services" not goods .."goods" would incur VAT at the point of importation ..services rendered in a non EU jurisdiction are not liable to VAT** ( even when rendered to an EU citizen or company )..confirmed with the French VAT ( TVA ) office here ..with whom I sometimes work as a "consultant" on other matters ..
Makes no difference to me as I reclaim it like VAT ( TVA ) anyway..
** HMRC has the same opinion..That many US businesses are trying "too hard"..:)