How Skype charges VAT
Skype is required to charge VAT for products purchased by Skype customers in certain countries.
To make sure you’re paying the correct VAT rate, please sign into your account and check under Billing Information that we have the right address for you.
What is the VAT rate applicable in my country?
For current applicable VAT rates, please check with your local tax authorities.
How will VAT charges affect me?
This depends on the Skype products you use.
Pay As You Go calls:
Our Pay As You Go rates are now VAT-inclusive, where applicable. For quality calls at very affordable rates to mobiles and landlines worldwide, please see our rates page.
Subscriptions & Skype Numbers:
Unlike Pay As You Go calls, VAT on subscriptions and Skype Numbers is charged at the time of purchase or renewal.
Skype Credit and Auto-recharge:
VAT is not charged when you buy Skype Credit or when your Skype Credit is automatically topped up.
However, the applicable VAT-inclusive rates are applied when you use your Skype Credit to make calls, send SMS, use Skype Wi-Fi or any other paid Skype products.
How do I get VAT invoices?
VAT invoices are currently available in certain countries. Learn more.
Monthly VAT invoices contain only transactions which have an effect for VAT purposes e.g. subscriptions and Skype numbers. All Skype customers already have access to itemized monthly statements of their Skype activity. For more information, please read our guide to monthly statements.
I use Skype in my business. Is VAT exempted on my Skype transactions?
Skype is provided for consumer use only.
Customers can use Skype Manager to get the most out of Skype. Learn more about how we charge VAT for Skype Manager customers.
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