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EU VAT Number in WooCommerce

Overview #

The WooCommerce EU VAT Number plugin allows you to collect and validate EU VAT numbers during the checkout process. It also automatically exempts VAT for valid numbers, if applicable. Additionally, it allows you to add a predefined set of standard VAT rates of 28 European Union countries.

Enabling EU VAT Number in WooCommerce #

To enable and use the WooCommerce EU VAT number plugin, you should first download and install Booster for WooCommerce.

1. Navigate to WordPress Dashboard > WooCommerce > Settings > Booster > CART & CHECKOUT > EU VAT Number.

The EU VAT Number Module Options page will be displayed.

2. In the EU VAT Number section, check the box for Enable Module field.

3. Scroll down to the end of the page and click Save changes.

The EU VAT Number plugin will be enabled for your site.

Configuring EU VAT Number Settings #

You can configure your e-commerce checkout page to collect and validate EU VAT numbers using this option. You can also configure the checkout page to automatically disable VAT for valid numbers.

1. Navigate to WordPress Dashboard > WooCommerce > Settings > Booster > CART & CHECKOUT > EU VAT Number.

The EU VAT Number Module Options page will be displayed.

2. Enter /select required values for the fields. Refer to the table below for field descriptions:

Field Description
Field Label Field label to be displayed on the checkout page
Placeholder Placeholder to be displayed on the checkout page
Description A brief summary describing the field
Required Specifies if the field is a mandatory field
Clear Specifies if the CSS is cleared after the field
Class CSS class to be used for the field
Validate Specifies if the VAT should be validated. VAT is validated through VAT Information Exchange System (VIES).
Message on not valid Message to be displayed if and when VAT is not valid
First Validation Method First method to be used to validate VATNote: Change this method if you are having issues when validating VAT. This only selects first method to try – if not succeeded, remaining methods will be used for validation.
Exempt VAT for Valid Numbers Specifies if VAT is exempted for valid numbers
Exempt VAT on Cart Specifies if VAT is exempted on the cart page
Show VAT field for EU countries only Specifies if the VAT field will be displayed only for EU countries 
Exempt VAT by Customer’s EU VAT Specifies if VAT is exempted by checking previously registered EU VAT numbers from customers

3. Scroll down for more options.

4. Enter /select required values for the fields. Refer to the table below for field descriptions:

Field Description
Preserve VAT in Base Country Specifies if VAT is validated but will not be exempted for base country VAT numbers. You can set the base country is set in WooCommerce > Settings > General.
Check for IP Location Country Specifies if the customer’s country (located by customer’s IP address) matches the country in entered VAT number
Display Placement position of the VAT field to be displayed
Add Progress Messages Specifies if progress of the VAT validation process will be displayed to the customer
Progress Message: Validating Message to be displayed when the VAT is being validated
Progress Message: Valid Message to be displayed when the VAT is valid
Progress Message: Not Valid Message to be displayed when the VAT is not valid
Progress Message: Validation Failed Message to be displayed when the VAT validation fails or the server times out
Add EU VAT Number Summary Meta Box to Admin Order Edit Page Specifies if the EU VAT number summary field will be displayed on the edit page of the admin orders
Restrictive Loading Scenario in which the VAT field will be loaded. If this field is empty, then it will be loaded in all situations.
Advanced Options
Skip VAT Validation for Selected Countries Countries for which VAT validation should be skipped. To enter more than one country name, use a comma-separated list.
Read ‘_vat_number’ meta Specifies if the _vat_number meta should be read

5. Click Save changes

The WooCommerce EU VAT number setting will be configured.

Adding EU VAT Rates #

You can add a predefined set of standard VAT rates of 28 European Union countries using this option.

1. Navigate to WordPress Dashboard > WooCommerce > Settings > Booster > CART & CHECKOUT > EU VAT Number.

The EU VAT Number Module Options page will be displayed.

2. Scroll down to the end of the page and click EU Countries VAT Rates.

The EU Countries VAT Rates page will be displayed.

3. Enter the VAT rate of a EU country and click Add EU Countries VAT Rates.

The VAT rate will be added.

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