An example sentence:

Whether, and how much VAT is collected depends on your _________ (private or business) and the country you are located in.

Both formal and informal words are welcome. As long as it's commonly understood in the English-speaking community.

  • "Private or business" can pertain to many things, such as addresses, phone numbers, interests, income, automobile, intended use, etc. So this question is really about VAT, not English. If you want to fill in the blank with a synonym, and then ask for another word that is more precise or better in some way, it would be a better question.
    – TRomano
    Aug 4 '15 at 11:29
  • As @TimRomano says, your private or business what? In car type, car is the answer. So what would you substitute for car?
    – oerkelens
    Aug 4 '15 at 11:32
  • I may not have expressed my question correctly. Sorry for that. I'm looking for a term here, similar to "customer type". Only without having to use the word "customer". As there may be customers that are registered companies, but also private individuals.
    – Slava
    Aug 4 '15 at 11:36
  • If I've understood you correctly, and the amount depends not on the seller's status but on the buyer's status, I would say "...depends on the type of customer you have sold to..." since I know of no one word that means "type of customer".
    – TRomano
    Aug 4 '15 at 11:43
  • @TimRomano Yes, I think you now understand what I'm looking for. Something like "marital status" is to "married or single".
    – Slava
    Aug 4 '15 at 11:48

Since we are talking about these entities as taxpayers, rather than as customers, why not just substitute the former for the latter term in your own formula, so as to come up with taxpayer type?

In my country (USA), thanks to a perverse legal doctrine, a possible hypernym for both corporations and private individuals is persons, but then, my country appears to have an insuperable political aversion to VAT as well.

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