It depends.

If you are based in the European Union and have an EU-level VAT number, you don’t need to pay VAT.  In this case please specify on the billing details page that you wish to pay as a company, then provide your VAT number without a space (e.g. ‘DE123456789’).  As part of the registration process the validity of this VAT number will be checked against the VIES database.

It has happened in the past that this connection to this database is temporarily unavailable – in this case please try it again a minute later.

If you are based in the European Union but do not have a VAT number or if you only have a national VAT number, you’ll need to pay VAT. And that’s a 27% Hungarian VAT (the highest in the EU – sorry, it’s not my fault).   The company that organizes BP18 is registered in Budapest, Hungary. Unlike in previous years, this time we didn’t registered for a local VAT number, so essentially the service (the conference itself) is provided by a company that’s registered in a different EU member state.

To avoid paying this VAT, the best you can do is team up with a colleague who has an eligible EU VAT number, then find an arrangement with them.

If you’re based in Hungary, you’ll have to pay 27% VAT, then claim back the VAT amount at the end of the quarter.

If you’re based outside the European Union, there’s no way to check if your business is eligible for VAT exemption or not.  If you select you pay as a company and you enter a business-looking billing name, you should be fine.   At past events, for example, several attendees from Ukraine entered their names, together with the abbreviation that stands for ‘individual entrepreneur’.