Does Shutterstock collect sales and other taxes?

In short, yes: if your country requires us to collect a sales tax, we must do so.

With customers all over the world, Shutterstock must comply with various local tax laws. Whether Shutterstock collects tax on a purchase is primarily determined by the country where your payment method is registered and by the billing address on file in your account.

Most countries require that we collect tax only from our private individual customers. If you’re a business operating in one of the below listed countries, you’ll see a section on your Billing page where you can enter your local tax ID. This helps us determine whether or not to charge tax. Entering a valid tax ID generally means we will exclude your purchase from tax charges, though some regions require us to collect taxes, even if you have a valid tax ID.

The table below shows the countries where we’re currently collecting tax and links to the databases that we use to validate tax IDs. Note that we may not be collecting taxes in your country today but may plan to do so in the future to maintain tax compliance.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in our efforts to respect and comply with tax regulations worldwide.

RegionTax TypeTax Number CollectedNotes
European UnionVATVAT NumberMost Netherlands-based customers pay VAT. Learn more here.
South AfricaVATVAT NumberShutterstock is required to charge all customers in South Africa VAT.
New ZealandGSTNZBN 
NorwayVATOrganization Number 
SwitzerlandVATVAT NumberShutterstock is required to charge all customers in Switzerland VAT. Beginning in October 2018.

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