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Morocco VAT Guide for Digital Businesses

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No matter where you live or where your online business is based — if you have customers in Morocco, you gotta follow Moroccan VAT rules. That’s what this guide is for! This guide includes everything you need to know about digital tax laws in Morocco, whether your customers live in Casablanca or Marrakesh.

Digital Products

First, let’s confirm what you’re trying to sell in Morocco. Are you selling digital products?

A digital product is any product that’s stored, delivered, and used in an electronic format. These are goods or services that the customer receives via email, by downloading them from the Internet, or through logging into a website.

You’re probably consuming and using digital products all day long, whether or not you realize it. Here are some common ones on the market today:

  • E-books, images, movies, and videos, whether buying a copy from Shopify or using a service like Netflix. In tax language, these products are in a category usually called, “Audio, visual, or audio-visual products.”
  • Downloadable and streaming music, whether buying an MP3 or using a service like SoundCloud or Spotify. Of course, these products also fall in the audio category.
  • Cloud-based software and as-a-Service products, such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
  • Websites, site hosting services, and internet service providers.
  • Online ads and affiliate marketing. Income from these services can be considered taxable under digital tax policies.

Heads up: you might also hear of digital goods referred to as “digital services,” “e-goods”, or “e-services.” All of these terms refer to the same thing.

Some countries can have more specific definitions or exceptions. In Morocco, taxable digital products also include remote training services.

Not sure if what you sell is considered a “digital product?” Check out our explanation of what a digital product is exactly.

Morocco’s VAT for digital products

VAT is the consumption tax throughout Morocco, levied on almost everything sold in the country. There are specific rules around digital products, which you must follow closely to stay tax compliant.

If you sell digital products to a customer in Morocco, you must charge the VAT rate. Simple, right?

It’s simple in theory. But in practice, Morocco VAT has a bit more complexity. You don’t necessarily need to add tax to every sale. It can depend on the amount of sales you make in the country, whether the sale is B2B or B2C, and other things. We’ll go into more detail about each of these throughout the rest of the guide!

Registering for Morocco’s VAT

Is there a sales registration threshold?

No, Morocco does not have a sales registration threshold. This means that even if you make just one sale in the country, you must register your business for Moroccan VAT.

The registration process

So, turns out you do need to register for tax in Morocco. Don’t worry! Just follow these instructions from the Moroccan tax authority on how to register for Moroccan VAT.

Ultimately, you will receive a VAT registration number, which establishes you in the Moroccan tax system as a legal business. This number tracks your business through the system: the taxes you pay, the tax credits you receive, plus the tax you charge from customers.

Do you need a local tax representative?

Yes, Morocco requires that you sign up for VAT through a local tax representative. You need to give power of attorney to this local tax representative in order to register.

Collecting VAT in Morocco

If you sell B2C

Once you’re registered for taxes, you’re expected to charge 20% VAT on every sale to a Moroccan resident.

If you sell B2B

If your customer is a fellow business, and they’ve provided a valid VAT number, then adding and collecting tax isn’t necessary! The buyer will handle tax, via Morocco’s reverse-charge mechanism.

VAT invoices in Morocco

In order to comply with tax laws, you should include the following information on your invoices to customers in Morocco:

  • Your business’ name and address
  • Your business’ VAT registration number
  • Invoice date
  • Invoice sequencing number
  • Buyer’s name and address
  • Buyer’s VAT registration number, if they have one.
  • VAT (amount and rate) applied to each item
  • Final amount after tax is added
  • The currency used

The easiest solution for the VAT invoice would be to use a tax software that automatically generates and sends all invoices (as soon as the sale is complete), and also stores them in the cloud for you. Quaderno does just that, but we won’t go on about it here. :)

Filing VAT returns in Morocco

Charging and collecting tax is only the first half of staying compliant. The second, and equally important, half is filing returns and paying whatever you might owe to the government.

In Morocco, foreign businesses are expected to file tax returns online every quarter. You must file and remit any taxes that you owe by the 20th of the month following the end of the reporting period. So for Q1 that ends in March, your Moroccan VAT return is due April 20.

Note: At Quaderno we love providing helpful information and best practices about taxes, but we are not certified tax advisors. For further help, or if you are ever in doubt, please consult a professional tax advisor or the tax authorities.

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