I've noticed we're making more software purchases out of the country, with VAT or GST listed on the invoice, with zero paid. How should we handle any taxes due? In Florida, taxes aren't payable on software.


When purchasing from a foreign vendor, you should not be charged VAT and you have no VAT obligation.  If you pay VAT (typically if traveling in the country, to a trade show or conference, for example), you are able to recover the VAT paid.

See Value Added Tax on TAPN, and other articles in the other articles in the VAT Section. For Canada’s GST, see Canada: Good and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax.

For domestic purchases, see the Sales & Use Tax > Information & Resources section.

Our conferences also frequently include sessions on sales and use tax, and often a half-day workshop.

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