What is the EU VAT Information Exchange System (VIES)?

Mini series: All about the VAT ID – Part 3

In this multi-part series of articles, we would like to introduce you to what a Value Added Tax ID (VAT ID) is. In addition, we would like to cover interesting topics worth knowing about the topic of USt-ID and shed some light on the subject.

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The EU VAT Information Exchange System (VIES)

To ensure the flow of data held in each Member State across internal borders, an electronic VAT Information Exchange System (VIES) has been introduced through which businesses can confirm the validity of their business partners’ VAT numbers and

Tax administrations can monitor the flow of intra-Community trade and check for any irregularities.

The Central Liaison Office

The body responsible for VAT control of intra-Community trade in each Member State, the central liaison office, has direct access through VIES to the databases containing the VAT registrations of other Member States.