I have a French registered ebay account and I am VAT registered in France with a UK company. My ebay invoice for the French ebay account is coming from Germany, has a German vat number on it, but the vat shows as 20%. This is confusing: 1. If they are charging me from Germany why are they making me pay VAT? 2. if the y make me pay VAT why is it not the German rate of 19% 3. Why are they allowed to charge me from Germany when they have a physical presence in France. I want this VAT back on my ebay fees, but dont understand the situation. Normally I can only claim VAT back if the invoice is in the same country, right? And if they are billing me from Germany, it should be VAT exempt?