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Interpreting Insurance Tax Legislation

Tax legislation is sometimes structured, or worded, ambiguously.  This leaves scope for a number of different interpretations for the treatment of tax on insurance policies, some leading to a lower tax liability than others. This can often be seen when different insurance premium tax (IPT) rates apply to specific sub-classes of the same business or […]

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Italy Clarifies E-Invoicing Rules on the Transaction Date

From 1 July 2019, companies will benefit from an extension in the time frame from when an invoice must be issued.  Businesses can now wait for as long as 12 days to issue instant invoices after performing a transaction in Italy. The new interval is a result of the changes introduced by the Italian Parliament […]

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South Dakota v. Wayfair One Year Later Webinar Questions Answered

Thank you all who joined our webinar on June 27, “South Dakota v. Wayfair One Year Later – Sales Tax Retrospective and Look Ahead,” and submitted the following questions during the Q&A portion. They really put our regulatory analysis team to the test, and we hope you find the responses valuable as you prepare for […]

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Under the Bonnet of Motor Insurance

When it comes to motor insurance, everything is high; high tax rates, high volumes of tax administration and high levels of complexity.  A thorough understanding and the implications of each is key to tax compliance. High rates Motor insurance claims the title of the highest premium tax rate in Europe. The Danish tax on motor […]

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European Commission Introduces a New Super Weapon Against VAT Fraud

The European Union has been fighting against VAT fraud for many years. The so-called ‘carrousel fraud’ is costing the EU approximately EUR 50 billion per year. This was illustrated once again in a recent Europe-wide investigation, called ‘Grand Theft Europe’, carried out by 63 journalists from 30 countries, co-ordinated by German news outlet Correctiv. The […]

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TIGTA Report Reveals Value of TIN Matching, Problems with B Notices

The good news is that real-time TIN matching works to reduce errors in 1099 reporting. The bad news is that when errors do sneak through, organizations aren’t necessarily finding out about them until it’s too late. Those are the primary conclusions of a TIGTA report released earlier this month, titled Improved Communication and Outreach With […]

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What the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Ruling Means for DtC Wine Shipping

Supreme Court Rules Against Tennessee’s Discriminatory Residency Requirements After months of waiting by the beverage alcohol industry, the United States Supreme Court published its ruling in Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Ass’n v. Thomas on June 26, 2019. The 7-2 opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, clearly and definitively struck down a rule in Tennessee […]

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IRS Releases New Look W-4 to Mixed Reviews from Businesses

The IRS has released a draft version of the new 2020 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate. It represents the most sweeping changes to this form since the Current Tax Payment Act of 1943 was passed, requiring employers to withhold taxes from employee payroll and remit them to the IRS on their behalf.  The form […]

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Louisiana Ready to Tax Remote Commerce – Are You Ready to Collect?

While Louisiana is one of the few states (as of today) that does not actively require out-of-state vendors to collect their sales tax, it’s not for lack of effort or forethought. Louisiana has been thinking about taxing remote commerce for a few years and now, they are ready to act and make the requirement fully […]

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HRMC Launches Consultation on the Operation of Insurance Premium Tax

Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) – the UK Government department responsible for the collection of taxes – is undertaking a call for evidence to understand how the administration and collection of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) can be modernised and how it can address emerging practices that may lead to unfair tax outcomes. The aim […]

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Indian GST Council Confirms Plan to Roll out B2B E-invoicing System

Last week, the Indian GST Council convened for its 35th session, this time chaired by the recently appointed finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. As expected, the topic of a nationwide mandatory B2B e-invoicing system was on the agenda, and the GST council confirmed two important principles: Scope: The e-invoicing system will cover only B2B transactions to […]

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Is India on a Path toward Mandatory B2B E-invoicing?

As more and more countries across the world depend on VAT, GST or other indirect taxes as the single most significant source of public revenue, governments are increasingly asking themselves what technical means they can use to ensure that they maximize the collection of the taxes due under the new tax regimes. India is the […]

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From E-invoicing to E-ordering: New Mandate Coming to Italy in October

Italy has been at the forefront of B2G e-invoicing in Europe ever since the central e-invoicing platform SDI (Sistema di Interscambio) was rolled out and made mandatory for all suppliers to the public sector in 2014. While a number of its European neighbors are slowly catching up, Italy is continuing to improve the integration of […]

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SAF-T – Where Are We Now?

Anyone who has been closely following SAF-T announcements over the past few years may be forgiven for thinking that it all seems rather like Groundhog Day.  Commencement dates and reporting requirements have been announced and subsequently amended and re-announced as the respective countries re-evaluate their needs and the readiness of companies to provide the data […]

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South Dakota v. Wayfair One Year Later – Retrospective and Look Ahead Webinar

Since the groundbreaking Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair last June, tax compliance requirements of sellers have undergone a seismic shift. In recent months, we have also witnessed a series of after-shocks directed at setting the foundation for U.S. sales tax compliance in the modern age. In a live webinar and Q&A, “South […]

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Sovos Again Named a Top Workplace Based on Employee Satisfaction

Earlier this week, the Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) released its annual list of Top Workplaces. The newspaper compiles this list based on employee satisfaction scores for companies across Minnesota. Sovos has once again been named to this list as a national standard setter of leading workplaces because of the actions we take to put employees […]

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French VAT Fraud Prevention Package to Include a New Attempt to Mandate B2B E-invoicing

The French Minister of Public Accounts and Action, which has authority over all tax matters, has taken advantage of the process that is required to transpose the EU E-Commerce Directive to launch a number of initiatives to curb VAT fraud, including a renewed attempt to create a system of mandatory e-invoicing. Going from B2G to […]

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Knowing When and How to Reclaim IPT

An insurer may need to reclaim insurance premium tax (IPT) from a tax authority for many reasons. These include a policy cancellation or mid-term adjustment, an administrative error or issuing a no claims bonus. In each case, it’s important to be aware of the issues involved ahead of any reclaim to ensure taxes are recovered […]

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