Leosghost - 9:51 pm on Apr 14, 2013 (gmt 0)
No EU company has to charge you ( if you are purchasing from outside the EU ) VAT ( or TVA or whatever it is called in their country )..for them to do so, or to attempt to do so is illegal..
re Mackin_USA's link..if the company charging an EU citizen or business has an EU VAT number ..and such a number must be shown on their website ( before sales ) ..and invoices with such a VAT number shown on their invoices, and their prices are marked as "inclusive of VAT" or "exclusive of VAT", with the applicable rate* indicated )..then they can charge VAT..to this date neither Godaddy nor Hostgator are in compliance with the regulation requiring to advertise prices "ex VAT" and to have a VAT number on every page of their websites..
A simple thing to do with GEO targeting..
* as yet the rate is not standardised across the EU..so each EU client should be charged according to their "local rate"..or according to the rate applicable in the country in which the US business has registered for VAT ? ( then they have to get into differential VAT returns etc..can o'worms for accountants )..geo targeting could also simplify this..both vis a vis "display" and "checkout"..