OK, the title of the thread is somewhat dramatic but maybe I'm onto something here:
EU VAT registered suppliers can sell to other EU VAT registered customers with full tax exemption [so as long as the customer provides their VAT number]. However, if the customer and supplier are based in the same EU country, TAX must be applied.
Avactis allows for tax exemption during step 1. of checkout in the 'Billing and Shipping Addresses' section [you'll see a checkbox labeled]:
'I purchase for a tax-exempt organization or individual. Tax exemption number: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _'
My point is that EU based store owners should have the option of disabling the tax exemption checkbox in the following situations:
1). When the customers shipping address matches the country of the store owners address
2). When a customer orders from outside the EU where no tax applies anyways
To see this in action, go to https://shop.colourconfidence.com/
and add any product to the cart. Then, play around with the country dropdown boxes and you'll see how the tax exemption option toggles on/off based on the above 2 conditions.
Has someone noticed this or is it just me? One way around this is to change the checkbox text to something like this:
''I purchase for a tax-exempt organization or individual. My VAT or Tax Exemption number is: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _. Please ignore this if you are ordering from [STORE_OWNERS_COUNTRY] or outside the EU.'