Local Tax Support

This page describes how to set up charging local taxes

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In certain countries or regions, Fiscal Hosts are required to collect local taxes—for example, VAT in the EU.

Please contact us if you need Collectives under your umbrella to charge taxes. We will work with you to conform to your local legislation.


VAT will only apply if the collective creates a SERVICE or PRODUCT tier and for events.

Once VAT is set up for a collective, we will start asking the country of residency and an optional VAT number to everyone who orders tiers or tickets from the collective. We will apply the VAT rules accordingly:

  • Charge VAT from the country of the event if it's an event

  • VAT percentage depends on the country where the collective is

  • Don't charge VAT if a VAT number is provided and contribution comes from another EU country

Enable VAT at the host level

If the host is the one supposed to collect VAT (most common case) then you can enable it by going to the Edit section (https://opencollective.com/{my_host}/admin) and set your country to a European country. The form will then ask for a VAT number.

Your host is now ready to start accepting VAT. You still need to enable it on a per-collective basis by setting a country and a "VAT setting" for the collective on the collective edit page (https://opencollective.com/{the_collective}/admin).

Enable VAT at the collective level

If the collective has a VAT number and should be responsible for collecting VAT itself, you can enable that by following the exact same steps as before, except that you'll choose the option Use my own VAT number on the last step.

GST (New Zealand)

GST is also supported for New Zealand. Contact us!

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