VAT # needed?

If I provide consulting and training services in the U.S. to a company that operates globally, do I need to be concerned with VAT? Draft contract mentions that if applicable, I would need to provide a VAT #.

Asked on June 4, 2009 under Business Law, California


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

From what you've written, I wouldn't be concerned.  Your business isn't being in any way transacted in a country with the VAT.  The language might come into play, though, if for some reason you provided services at an overseas location.

It's a fairly standard provision, for this type of contract with a global firm. A well drawn contract covers as many of the possible problems and questions as it can, ahead of time.  And it's important that you understand the entire agreement, so if you have any questions about it, or simply want a more experienced negotiator on your side, talk to a lawyer.  One place to find qualified attorneys in your area is our website,

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