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Tax Professionals – Can You Answer VAT Question From Israel?

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“A company in Israel provides B2B online services (e.g. search engine optimization, client acquisition) to companies not residing in Israel. Does the 0% VAT rate apply?”


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3 thoughts on “Tax Professionals – Can You Answer VAT Question From Israel?

  1. Ask my colleague CPA who lives and works there

    • Avatar David says:

      The Israeli VAT Law (hereinafter- The Law) grants VAT at 0% rate on certain deals such as services provided to foreign residents (non- Israeli residents) as well as on sales of intangible assets to foreign residents, subject to certain conditions detailed in the Law.

      Who is subject to VAT in Israel?

      According to the Israeli VAT Law, VAT in Israel shall apply on transactions undertaken in Israel and on the import of goods to Israel. The VAT rate in Israel stands at 17% at 2017.

      A transaction is defined in the Law as follows:

      1. The sale of an asset or the provision of service by a dealer during the course of his business, including the sale of equipment;

      2. The sale of an asset in which the input tax, imposed on its sale to the seller or on its import by seller, was deducted;

      3. A random transaction

      VAT at 0% rate

      Article 30 (a) of the Law lists transactions for which VAT will be charged at a rate of 0%, as follows:

      A service provided to a foreign resident

      In order to be entitled to VAT at 0% rate, the service shall be provided to a foreign resident exclusively. Services that are provided in addition to one of the following shall not be entitled:

      Israeli residents

      A partnership in which more than 50% of the rights are of Israeli residents

      A company that is regarded as an Israeli resident according to the Income Tax Ordinance of Israel.

      Notwithstanding the aforesaid, the article excludes from its scope certain services, even though they were provided to a foreign resident only.

      The exceptions in which VAT at 0% shall not apply are as follows:

      1. The service was provided with regard to an asset located in Israel, unless the service provider has proved that the consideration for the service is part of the value of goods or, if it was proved to the VAT director’s satisfaction, that the purpose of the service is the export of the goods from Israel, and the service is actually provided by the person who purchased the goods for the foreign resident, if the goods were indeed exported.

      2. The service was provided to a foreign resident while he is staying in Israel

      3. The service was provided under an agreement in which an Israeli resident is a party.

      A 0% VAT rate shall also apply on a service provided outside Israel by a dealer whose main place of business is in Israel and on the sale of an intangible asset to a foreign resident.

  2. Avatar Ted Kincaid says:

    VAT is a consumption tax on a product whenever value is added at each stage of the supply chain from production to point of sale. So not producing anything so I would say no tax

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