Register for VAT in Croatia

Are you supplying, or looking to supply goods to Croatia? If your business was not established in the country, you will likely be affected by the EU VAT (Value Added Tax) directive. Whether you are inside or outside the EU, you are likely to have to register for non-resident VAT.

Do I need to register for VAT in Croatia?

The circumstances in which you will have to register for Croatian VAT include:

  • Buying and selling goods or services in Croatia
  • Selling and shipping goods contained in Croatia to buyers outside of Croatia
  • Importing goods to Croatia from inside the EU
  • Storing goods or other physical property in Croatia
  • Selling online goods or services to buyers in Croatia*
  • Holding events in Croatia with paid admission

* when exceeding Distance Selling thresholds

If your business is currently or potentially affected by any of these factors, you are legally required to appoint a tax representative to register for VAT on your behalf. Contact us for a free consultation on your business’s unique VAT requirements.

What are the VAT rates in Croatia?

The standard rate of VAT in Croatia is 25%. A 5% or 13% rate of reduced VAT applies to certain products based on specific criteria.

What are the VAT return periods in Croatia?

VAT returns must be submitted either monthly or quarterly, depending on the turnover of the business and the value of any supplied goods. Returns should be submitted before the 20th day of the month following the tax period.

Croatia does not require that you submit an annual summarising return.

What is the Distance Selling threshold in Croatia?

The distance selling threshold, which determines whether you need to pay VAT for sales to Croatian customers, is €35,000.

What is the Intrastat threshold in Croatia?

The Intrastat threshold, which affects the movement of goods between Croatia and another EU state, is HRK 1,700,000 for arrivals and HRK 750,000 for dispatches.

What if I sell goods on Amazon?

Many online sellers who are trading via Amazon make use of their Fulilment By Amazon (FBA) service. In order to trade faster and easier across Europe, companies use Amazon to store, pick, pack and deliver your products to the buyer’s local address.

Even though you may think that you’re making sales from you’re home country, Amazon holds the goods locally and the product would therefore be considered as a local sale, and subsequently liable for VAT.

VAT is the responsibility of the seller, not Amazon, and you can face heavy fines for not registering and/or paying VAT.