VATGST has had to be increased

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Well, its version number has, anyway.

Kevin Wells has released an update to his application for validating VAT and GST registration numbers, VATGST.

In countries that use either Value Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST), for transactions where the relevant tax has to be applied, the entity making the sale has to be registered for it, and will therefore have a registration number. It can sometimes be useful to check that number for validity, and VATGST aims to provide that facility to RISC OS users.

It does so by way of Curl, which in turn talks to the VAT Sense web service.

Version 1.01 brings with it the ability to save the registration details found for a number as a vCard for importing into other applications that accept them, and it can now also be used to find out the VAT/GST rates from various countries.

As well as Curl, do bear in mind if you use it that in order for the software to make use of the VAT Sense Application Programmer Interface (API) you’ll need to register with the site in order to get an API key. For low level usage – up to 100 look-ups – this is free, with a charging model if you need more.