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What Brewers and Distillers Shipping DtC Need to Know About Taxes

It’s an exciting time for brewers and distillers entering the DtC shipping market. The wine industry has been utilizing this market for years, growing it to a $3.7 billion industry annually. But, this opportunity comes with added concerns and regulatory requirements. From licensing to managing restrictions on how much an individual consumer can purchase in […]

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Meet the Expert: Beverleigh Gunner, Compliance Services Manager – IPT at Sovos

Meet the Expert is our series of blogs where we share more about the team behind our innovative software and managed services. As a global organisation with tax experts across all regions, our dedicated team are often the first to know about new regulatory changes, ensuring you stay compliant. We spoke to Beverleigh Gunner, Compliance […]

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Massachusetts Adds Safe Harbor to New Accelerated Payment Program

Taxpayers worried about complying with the new Massachusetts “Advance Payment” requirement, applicable to sales/use and room occupancy tax taking effect on April 1, 2021, should take note of a temporary safe harbor added to the final version of Technical Information Release TIR 21-4 published by the Department of Revenue on March 31, 2021. As previously […]

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Financial Institution Insights into Unclaimed Property

Financial institutions, including banks and credit unions, are unique when it comes to unclaimed property with different property codes, dormancy periods and even different reporting deadlines. Some of the unique challenges for financial institutions when it comes to unclaimed property compliance are: Special dormancy triggers for IRAs and certificates of deposit Tracking returned mail and […]

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A Brief History of VAT Digitization

VAT accounts for 15-40% of all public revenue globally. We estimate that the global VAT gap – i.e. lost VAT revenue due to errors and fraud – could be as high as half a trillion Euros. The GDP of countries like Norway, Austria or Nigeria are at a similar level and this VAT gap is […]

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What is the Tax Fallout from Brexit? 3 Questions for 3 Experts

Brexit continues to create a stir and the only absolute is that confusion dwarfs certainty when it comes to understanding the new tax laws that went into effect when Brexit became a reality. To address some of the more pressing questions, we gathered three industry experts for a webinar to provide some clarity into this […]

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How to Navigate Increased Crypto Tax & Compliance Obligations in 2021

“Regulation always follows innovation, and sometimes, in democracies, it follows a little further behind other jurisdictions.” – Chris Giancarlo, CFTC Chairman Regulators at the IRS, SEC and CFTC have been playing catch-up for years, and in their defense, it’s not easy to hit a moving target. The digital asset ecosystem continues to grow exponentially and […]

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Norway’s New 2022 VAT Return: Detailed and Digital

The Norwegian tax authority’s project for modernising VAT, the MEMO-project, has announced a new digital VAT return. It will take effect from the beginning of 2022 following a pilot program in August this year. This new VAT return seeks to provide simplification in reporting, better administration, and improved compliance in the VAT system. Currently VAT […]

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Spain: IPT Increase and Transmission Measures

The new rate for Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) was published in the Spanish Gazette (BOE) on 31 December 2020. It increases from 6% to 8%. This increased rated applies to the first tax period of 2021 (for submissions to be made the next February). In this blog, we’ll look at the challenges faced by insurers […]

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How to Manage E-Transformation Projects When Deadlines are Set by Government Agencies

When managing any e-transformation project the deadline is determined after careful planning. It should be based on the project scope and consider the available resources. However, when the project is to ensure regulatory compliance, the government determines the project’s deadline and it must be met. Many taxpayers choose to work with an external integrator to […]

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Will Bulgaria be the Next EU Member State to Introduce Continuous Transaction Controls?

Bulgaria could be the next EU Member State to introduce continuous transaction controls (CTCs) following Italy, France and Poland. Introducing CTCs provides tax administrations with more granular and continuous visibility into tax-relevant business data. Bulgaria announced it’s considering mandating e-invoicing and the transmission of invoices to the tax authority. This could be done either via […]

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Saudi Arabia Publishes Draft Rules for E-invoicing

The General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has published draft rules for the controls, requirements, technical specifications and procedural rules for implementing the provisions of the e-invoicing regulation. In addition to the draft rules, the associated technical specifications (Electronic Invoice Data Dictionary, Electronic Invoice XML Implementation Standard and Electronic Invoice Security Implementation Standards) are […]

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What is the Sales Tax Nexus in North Carolina?

Following the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. Supreme Court decision, North Carolina issued a policy directive (SD-18-6) indicating that it would be enforcing the imposition of tax on remote sellers under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-164.8(b). This directive was later codified in Session Law 2019-6. Remote sellers and marketplace facilitators should regularly ensure that they […]

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Luxembourg – Online IPT Filing from April 2021

From April, insurers will start to make their first electronic filing of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) in Luxembourg using the new online submission portal – myGuichet. Along with other European territories, the Luxembourg tax authority has sought to streamline and improve IPT collection and administration. Using an online portal is an efficient and secure way […]

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The Data: Wine DtC Shipments and Off-Premise Retail (February 2021 Special Report)

The wine market continues to be in flux as producers, retailers and consumers navigate the impacts of a global pandemic. Keeping a pulse on marketplace data has never been so important given these shifting dynamics. Nielsen is collaborating with Wines Vines Analytics and Sovos ShipCompliant to provide a much more comprehensive view of the U.S. […]

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How to Report Your Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are the latest crypto craze to dominate the headlines; although these tokens are nothing new to the blockchain industry. In 2015, CryptoKitties took the industry by storm when people spent millions purchasing digital images of cartoon cats. Whether it’s digital art, music, videos, or items created in video games, NFTs offer a […]

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Possible Consequences of not Reviewing Contracts Post-Brexit

Given the complexity of international VAT and the potential risk, pitfalls and associated costs, finance directors are faced with a predicament. Unlike direct taxes which tend to be retrospectively determined, VAT is effectively calculated in real-time, linked to various aspects of the supply chain, and if the related transaction has incorrect VAT calculations or erroneous […]

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Historical Declarations Across Europe: Questions You Should Ask

Although insurance companies do their best to settle their tax liabilities in the most compliant manner, historical liabilities may still occur. Here is an overview of the different types of historical declarations with some insurance premium tax (IPT) examples. When a tax liability becomes a historical liability Let’s start with a simple chart: Are we […]

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