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A Standards-Based Approach for Global Compliance with Real-Time Tax Controls

I follow global tax compliance across continents closely and what can be seen is a clear trend of Tax Administrations (TAs) introducing increased technology-based real-time tax controls. Such controls include e-invoice clearance, e-ledgers and e-accounting, among others. Unfortunately, I’ve seen many real-life cases in different countries where the TAs issue a regulation that may make […]

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Back to Basics: What is ‘Compliance’, Anyway?

Four years ago, we moderated an interesting debate via LinkedIn that revolved around a simple question: what do we mean by compliance? As ever, we had an opinion and offered a detailed definition that kick-started a great discussion thread. We would like to believe that that discussion contributed to heightened awareness among e-invoicing practitioners that […]

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The New Strategic Role of Indirect Tax Professionals to Master Compliance

Tax compliance has evolved at a rapid pace in recent years. As governments go digital, loopholes are closing and reporting timelines are shrinking from weeks to milliseconds. The old way of doing things isn’t enough for the new world of rapid-response compliance. But these new challenges can also foster new opportunities. Businesses are taking a […]

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OECD Secretary General Issues Report on CRS for G20 Leaders

At last week’s G20 summit, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría reported to world leaders that the past year has seen progress on multiple fronts in the fight against tax avoidance and evasion – thanks in large part to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The official report explores the key areas of progress, including the movement […]

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Belgium Delays CRS Reporting Deadline for 2017

Belgium recently announced it will extend the deadline for CRS reporting this year.  Reporting was originally due at the end of June, but Belgium has delayed reporting until the end of July.  This delay is only for CRS and does not affect FATCA reporting which was due at the end of June.  The announcement of […]

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Jammu and Kashmir Enacts GST

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has joined the rest of India by enacting the GST, a week after it was introduced to the rest of the country. Amidst strong opposition, the government of Jammu and Kashmir passed the Jammu and Kashmir Goods and Services Tax Act on July 7th.  The Act, and related orders, can be […]

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British Virgin Islands Extends CRS Reporting Due Date

The British Virgin Island’s Ministry of Finance recently announced an extension for reporting under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).  CRS reporting had previously been due July 31, but a in a June 28 press release, the Ministry announced the due date will be August 18 for reporting 2016 information.  CDOT information, now reported as part […]

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ECJ Case Provides Guidance on Zero-Rated Services relating to the Exporting and Importing of Goods

The European Court of Justice has ruled, in Case C-288/16, that an exemption for services “directly connected” with exportation or importation of goods applies only if those services are supplied directly to the importer/exporter or to the consignee of the goods. The holding turned on the definition of the phrase “direct connection” within Article 146(1)(e) […]

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Can You Reasonably Rely on Artificial Intelligence to Create a Compliant Invoice?

No one really knows what percentage of today’s invoices are noncompliant with VAT law. Given the complexity and rate of change in VAT law, there is an almost unlimited set of possible nonconformities on the scale between outright fraud and clerical errors. One big problem is that it is often very difficult to gather all […]

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Spain Issues SII Filing Deadline Calculator

Spain is quickly and steadily marching towards the planned July 1 implementation of the new Supply of Information System (locally known as SII) reporting requirement. Under the law, businesses have four days from the time an invoice is issued or received to notify the Spanish Tax Administration (AEAT) of the transaction. Determining the exact day […]

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Italy: The Beginning of the End of the EU Approach on E-Invoicing?

We have previously discussed how the Italian government is leveraging tax incentives to help boost e-invoicing adoption between private companies. After all, B2G e-invoicing has been mandatory in Italy for a couple of years now, but that has not led to a particularly impressive increase in the total amount of B2B e-invoices. Tax incentives that […]

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Can Artificial Intelligence Facilitate B2B Automation and Compliance?

Twenty years after IBM Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in a series of famous chess games, another computer program, AlphaGo by Google DeepMind, won against Lee Sedol, a top professional player in the very complex ancient game of Go. In 2011, between these two landmarks, we saw IBM’s Watson win against former champions in Jeopardy. […]

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How do Clearance Systems Relate to Major Innovations in E-Business?

E-invoicing clearance systems are increasingly being accepted and implemented worldwide. This development, with its origins in Latin America, is viewed by many market participants as potentially increasing tax compliance efficiency for businesses and public administrations alike. Mexico can be viewed as a relatively mature example of a clearance system. This country, where the tax administration […]

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What’s up in Russian E-Invoicing?

It has been a while since we posted news about Russia. To recap: e-invoicing is regulated but optional. Issuance is done via accredited operators, whereby both supplier and buyer must participate in a duplex clearance choreography. For more background, see previous posts. Interoperability across operators (called “roaming” in Russia – a misnomer) has been an […]

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Contract Signing for B2B Transaction Automation Vendors

Pushed by fierce competition and under constant pressure from corporations to enable savings and optimize business processes, B2B transaction automation vendors are constantly looking into new features and functions to enhance the added value of their solutions. Many vendors in this space are developing into ‘business networks’ which go far beyond the early days of […]

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The Final Countdown to Hungarian Real-Time Reporting?

[UPDATE – June 2017] The likely decision to postpone the implementation of changes in VAT reporting has now finally been announced. Hungary has now postponed the entry into force of this requirement by one year until July 2018 for two reasons: To actually get the technical specification published well in advance To give taxpayers and […]

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Compliant Archiving Post #4: A Primer on Invoice Scanning in France

Earlier this year we reported about the legal status and trends regarding scanning of inbound paper invoices in Europe. One of the topics raised in that post was that France was in the midst of legal reform in this area: for some time the French framework entirely prohibited the concept of conversion of form for […]

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Compliance Challenges for ”Legacy B2C” E-Commerce Solutions Moving into B2B

We are seeing a lot of vendor scope evolution on the market. Examples include EDI vendors that are developing business network-style services; another one is that platforms focused on procurement of indirect supplies are moving into strategic sourcing and vice versa. A trend that receives less attention from analysts and specialized press is the journey […]

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