Starting from May 1, 2017, the Taiwanese government requires non-resident enterprises (Amazon) to charge 5% Taiwanese Value Added Tax (“VAT”) on their supplies of electronic services (Platform) to Taiwanese individual customers (non-business). Further to this legislation, non-resident enterprises are required to issue tax invoices to Taiwanese non-business customers from January 1, 2020.
If you are a Taiwanese non-business customer, Amazon will charge you the 5% Taiwan VAT fees on Selling on Amazon fees and monthly subscription fees paid by sellers who are residents in Taiwan. Amazon will also issue monthly tax invoices to you. If you are a Taiwanese corporate customer, this does not apply to you.
Amazon would rely upon your provision of a valid Unified Business Number (referred to as UBN#, i.e. 8-digit business ID number) to confirm your business identity.
To provide Amazon with your Unified Business Number:
For additional information, refer to Taiwan Value Added Tax (VAT).
Taiwanese residents who receive monthly tax invoices with their GUIs may participate in a bi-monthly government-run lottery. Each cloud GUI represents a lottery ticket. The Taiwan government will be responsible for notifying Taiwanese non-business customers by email of the lottery results, and they allow customers to claim cash rewards via a government-developed application as long as the customer email addresses are connected to the E-Invoice Platform.
To download your monthly tax invoice with the GUIs:
You would need to download the mobile app of the Ministry of Finance or go to The E-Invoice Platform of Ministry of Finance and set your valid email address (which was provided to Amazon) to your account on E-invoice platform setup with the mobile phone barcode or your MOICA ID. Then you will be provided with functions on the mobile App or the E-Invoice Platform, such as inquiring about invoices, checking lottery numbers automatically, and getting a lottery winning notification. If you have already set the email address provided to Amazon to your account, you should be able to access issued tax invoices by logging onto E-Invoice Platform of Ministry of Finance or related mobile apps.