Regardless of where you work from, if you have clients in Belarus you have to deal with Belarus’s VAT rules. VAT, or Value Added Tax, is a consumption tax levied on the purchase of almost all goods and services. While you might already know what VAT stands for, you might be unaware of the specific rules surrounding your product.
If you are a freelancer in Belarus and are confused by VAT and its pertaining rules, you're at the right place. We at Xolo are here to answer all your VAT-related queries. In addition, we also offer A-to-Z VAT-related services designed as per your individual needs and requirements.
What are the VAT Rates in Belarus?
The Belarus government levies four different VAT rates, and freelancers must charge the amount that applies to their products and services:
How to Register for VAT in Belarus
Belarus does not have a VAT registration threshold, which means that even if you make a single sale in the country, you need to register for Belarusian VAT. You can register online by double-checking your eligibility and following the instructions on the Belarusian Ministry of Tax and Duties website. Post-registration, you will receive a nine-digit Tax Identification Number (TIN), which puts you in the Belarus tax system and tracks your services, the taxes you pay, the tax credits you receive, and the tax you charge from customers.
Alternatively, you can hire an accountant (or agency) to handle your VAT returns and dealings with the Belarusian Ministry of Tax. Xolo provides services like Xolo Go and Xolo Leap, which help with precisely this and any other VAT concerns you may have.
As an expat working freelance in Belarus, you are required to submit a standard tax application for registration, just like a Belarus resident would.
If you do not have a permanent establishment in Belarus, you are not liable to pay VAT for the goods or services you supply. However, in this case, your clients are obliged to pay the required VAT for the goods or services they receive from you.
Financial Obligations of VAT Registered Freelancers in Belarus
After registering for VAT, you must make sure of the following things:
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So connect with us immediately, and we’ll help you get your one-person business up and running in Belarus in no time!