I am working as a freelance software developer in Germany, and I need to know if I should be charging a South African client VAT or not. I have found out the answer for Germany, other EU states, USA and Australia, but does anyone know specifically for South Africa?

Thank you!

  • I’m curious – what is the case for charging VAT to the countries you know about, like Australia and US? – Mischinab Jul 4 at 10:41
  • No, there is no case - from what I read you should not charge VAT to those countries, if invoicing from an EU country...I assumed South Africa would be the same but could not find specific info confirming it. – Joseph C Lawrence Jul 4 at 13:03
  • Thanks for the info. I work with some clients in Vietnam, and my accountant advised that for that country I do need to collect VAT (I am based in Germany). So it seems to be something related to tax treaties or something like that. – Mischinab Jul 4 at 15:46

In Denmark, the answer would be no for all those countries.

However, when submitting the quarterly/semi-annual VAT to the authorities, one must also register the amount of non-VAT sales (EU and non-EU).

  • Thank you - to your knowledge should the same rules apply for all EU states (i.e., the same would likely be true in Germany)? – Joseph C Lawrence Jul 4 at 13:03
  • @JosephCLawrence: I would imagine so, but am not an accountant - merely a one-man freelance shop having billed clients in Sweden and the UK – morsor Jul 4 at 13:05

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