Ebay VAT and sellers? Not sure of the link? Well if you are an avid Ebay buyer you may have wondered in the past how to be sure it’s a legitimate individual behind that ‘must have’ item.
You will be pleased to hear that you can now make your purchases with much more confidence due to a change to the trading rules. Ebay will now be displaying VAT numbers on items listed by sellers where Ebay has their VAT number.
This is good news for buyers because where you see an Ebay VAT number, you can be reasonably reassured that your seller is genuine and complying with all the required tax rules and regulations.
Worried that the VAT registration number might be false? If you have any doubt, you can check that the VAT number is valid by going to this website and entering the relevant details. This will usually show more information about the supplier.
We have tested this in relation to our own company and this is what appears if you carry out a search using our VAT number:
If the name and address which appear here don’t match the seller information provided by Ebay, we would recommend being cautious about going ahead with the purchase. This could mean that the seller company or details are invalid or that there is a financial problem with the company.
It can also be indicative of a company that is based outside of Europe but with stock in the UK. This would mean that they should be VAT registered but could potentially be trying to undercut British companies by not paying their VAT as they should.
As the search can be carried out on any VAT registered business across the whole EU, its very helpful as the authenticity of information can be provided even if you are buying from abroad.
Need help with anything else VAT related? Please contact us and we can help and advise.