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Magento EU VAT tax validation fails due to ec.europa.eu url that crash.

Magento EU VAT tax validation fails due to ec.europa.eu url that crash.

Hi, 

 

The url that magento natively uses to check an VAT number is crashing due to overload or even hackers almost once per month. This is the url : 

http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/services/checkVatService?wsdl

 

Is there a way to disable magento for checking the VAT number, if someone want's to put a fake one he can just copy one on the internet. This would avoid getting a lot of 503 timed out errors on the server side.

I know the code is defined in _createVatNumberValidationSoapClient in app/code/core/Mage/Customer/Helper/Data.php. 

/**
 * WSDL of VAT validation service
 *
 */
const VAT_VALIDATION_WSDL_URL = 'http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/vies/services/checkVatService?wsdl';
/**
 * Send request to VAT validation service and return validation result
 *
 * @param string $countryCode
 * @param string $vatNumber
 * @param string $requesterCountryCode
 * @param string $requesterVatNumber
 *
 * @return Varien_Object
 */
public function checkVatNumber($countryCode, $vatNumber, $requesterCountryCode = '', $requesterVatNumber = '')
{

I'm not sure if i just comment this out it would work ?

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

Regards,

Marc 

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Re: Magento EU VAT tax validation fails due to ec.europa.eu url that crash.

Anyone ? The url is really bugging !!!