How to issue an invoice for Apple AppStore

27.4.2015

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Here in Europe most of the legal systems require to issue an invoice for every income we are paid into our bank account. Luckily, Apple knows it and it enables the invoicing via an iTunes Connect account.

 

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iTunes Connect and invoices

Follow these steps in your iTunes Connect account:

Resources and Help -> Contact Us  -> Reports and Payments -> Payments and Financial Reports -> Contact Finance -> Invoicing Apple for Apps -> Invoice Upload (Choose) -> Submit

Currently (October 2018), iTunes Connect gives you instructions to issue and send an invoice for the company Apple Distribution International based in Ireland. It is also stated, that you should issue it with 0% VAT. But, take your time and check current and exact wording by yourself.

Apple Distribution International VAT number

Your accountant probably needs it to handle all EU requirements properly. Now (October 2018), the details needed are IE9700053D and the address:

Apple Distribution International
Internet Software & Services
Hollyhill Industrial Estate
Hollyhill, Cork
Republic of Ireland

Again, better check the FAQ in iTunes Connect just to be sure it is still correct and this VAT number is still valid.

“View Contact Us” section

After clicking on Resources and Help in the main menu scroll down to the Contact Us section on the right. You could further submit the form by following these steps:

  1. On the bottom of the page click on Contact Us.
AppStore: Contact us

AppStore: Contact us

2. Select Reports and Payments.

3. Select Payments and Financial Reports.

4. Select Contact Finance.

5. Scroll down and select Subject – Invoicing Apple for Apps

6. In Invoice upload choose your invoice for Apple from your hard drive

7. ….and click Submit

Done!

Vladislav Skoumal
SKOUMAL CEO

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Thanks Vladislav for sharing this.

Just a quick question please about the format of the required invoice by Apple as this is the first time we do it.

Do we need to list all the details of the sales (proceedings of each country) or just the total amount of the payment?

I mean let’s say I received 50 Euro from Apple. Is it enough to show 50 Euro + 0% VAT? or Do I need to breakdown this 50 Euro according to where each sales happened (each country using the financial report)?
Just want to know how you formatted the invoice?

Thanks in advance,

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We (and many others) believe that this invoices are falling in big black hole on Apple side, so it depends on your jurisdiction if you need proceedings per country on invoice you issued. Actually Apple is your customer, you care only about Ireland VAT for reverse-charge purposes, if you are asking for this.

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Thanks for your reply .. appreciated!.
Yes, I also think that these invoices are not going to be used for anything other than kept for as documents.

We are actually based on Ireland and as such Apple requires us to send them a hardcopy invoice (https://help.apple.com/app-store-connect/#/dev6a92b6d7b). They also mentioned that they have a special treatment with the Irish tax authorities to deal with Irish entities with Zero VAT (https://help.apple.com/app-store-connect/#/dev4d17809d0).

What was confusing to me is how we should format this invoice. I was planning to just list this 50 Euro + 0% VAT and that’s it (no per-country breakdown). But I thought it’s better to see what other people doing.

What do you think about this, Vladislav?

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Thank you for sharing your issues. Nevertheless, the details of invoicing in the article cover into the detail only the Czech legal system. As also Apple states (https://help.apple.com/app-store-connect/#/dev6a92b6d7b), each legal system has its peculiarities. We regret to tell you that as for Ireland, we cannot help you more than Apple website. As for the invoice, we usually break the invoice into projects, one project and the relevant payment per row. However, we share your opinion that the invoice for Apple is only a legal necessity without much interest. Good luck!

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thanks for this.

the itunes developer financial section is so obtuse. when you search the topic it’s full of queries asking something so seemingly simple. Google Play is so far ahead of Apple on this.

the whole thing seems such an arcane system to obtain an invoice payout by month for a calendar period for tax purposes.

ps. you have a typo in “Fillig form in “Contact Us” section”

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