There is a block in /customer/account/create page named ANONYMOUS_55. It is created by Mage_Customer_Block_Widget_Taxvat. I would like to remove this block from layout but both remove or unsetChild methods are not working. Any ideas why?

This is the code I used in local.xml:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<layout version="0.1.0">
    <reference name="customer_form_register">
        <remove name="ANONYMOUS_55" />
  • That block adding at before html?
    – kunj
    May 16 '18 at 11:27

You can show/hide Tax/VAT field from system configuration:

System > Config > Customers > Customer Configuration > Name and Address Options > Show Tax/VAT Number


I think it isn't possible via layout update.

Theoretically you could add an observer to core_layout_block_create_after and use somethink like this:

public function unsetTaxBlock(Varien_Event_Observer $observer)
    $block = $observer->getBlock();
    if ($block instanceof Mage_Customer_Block_Widget_Taxvat) {

BUT, in this would give you an error in registration form, because you would call isEnabled() on null.

        <?php $_taxvat = $this->getLayout()->createBlock('customer/widget_taxvat') ?>
        <?php if ($_taxvat->isEnabled()): ?>

You could change it to <?php if ($_taxvat && $_taxvat->isEnabled()): ?> ...

Is there anything wrong using config settings?

  • I appreciate for your suggestion. I agree. The main goal based on GDPR regulations, no more VAT collecting in Frontend for humans. But for checkout process I have to show the input box for VAT number because in my country it is necessary being mentioned on Invoices for companies and humans. It will not be a required field, if someone is not providing it I can prove I requested it according to the legislation.
    – ADDISON74
    May 17 '18 at 11:57
  • @ADDISON74 You can set it as required or optional from config. Making it optional should be OK for (german) GDPR.
    – sv3n
    May 17 '18 at 12:21
  • GDPR is good but some people got crazy. We received complains why there is an input box for VAT (optional) when creating an account. So, I set "Show Tax/VAT Number" value to No. For checkout I had to set "Show VAT Number in Frontend" to Yes. In order to get no trouble when VAT could be required in the future, I set its value to UNSPECIFIED for every new account.
    – ADDISON74
    May 17 '18 at 15:31

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