Are there specific invoice requirements for VAT in different countries?


On goods exported, are there specific invoice requirements for each country or is there a standard across all exported goods?


The EU directive implemented an invoicing requirement which should be followed by all EU member countries. The main information that the invoice should include are the same in every EU country.

Information required in all cases

  • Date of issue
  • Unique sequential number identifying the invoice
  • Supplier’s VAT identification number
  • Customer’s VAT identification number (if the customer is liable for the tax on the transaction)
  • Supplier’s full name & address
  • Customer’s full name & address
  • Description of quantity & type of goods supplied or type & extent of services rendered
  • Date of transaction or payment (if different from invoice date)
  • VAT rate applied
  • VAT amount payable
  • Breakdown of VAT amount payable by VAT rate or exemption
  • Unit price of goods or services – exclusive of tax, discounts or rebates (unless included in the unit price)

This question was asked as part of our ‘VAT overseas’ webinar which we ran with SimplyVAT:

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