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Italy’s E-Invoicing Mandate Extends to San Marino

Since Italy’s electronic invoicing mandate was introduced at the start of this year, suppliers performing cross-border transactions have been exempt from this obligation.  This is about to change as Italy and the enclaved country of San Marino will shortly agree on mutual mechanisms to allow the use of e-invoices for transactions between the two countries […]

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Why Clearance E-invoicing Is Both Inevitable and Positive for Businesses

Clearance-model e-invoicing will sweep the globe because it works – at least for tax administrations. With the VAT gap opening to more than half a trillion dollars worldwide, governments around the world are likely to follow the Latin American model of tax authorities inserting themselves into transactions. A new report from Bruno Koch at industry […]

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What the Sovos Acquisition of ETM Will Mean for Insurers, Financial Institutions

It’s been quite a week at Sovos. Hours after announcing Sovos’ intent to acquire Foriba, expanding our geographic footprint into Turkey and bringing together the pioneers of e-invoicing compliance, we shared our plan to expand into new and existing markets in the U.S. with the acquisition of Eagle Technology Management (ETM). Eagle Technology Management (ETM) […]

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How to Get Control of Your Invoice Archives: It’s Not Too Late

We all know that invoicing processes are increasingly tangled up in real-time and other complex tax requirements around the world. However, when you ask companies if they are in control of the storage of their accounts payable and accounts receivable invoices, you often get somewhat surprised—if not vaguely insulted—reactions. Really, what kind of company doesn’t […]

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With Foriba Acquisition, Sovos Strengthens Position in Modern Tax Software

Today, we announced Sovos will acquire Istanbul-based Foriba, bringing another global pioneer of e-invoicing compliance into the Sovos solution. The Foriba acquisition marks a milestone for Sovos and for our customers around the world, who face a monumental shift in digital taxation. As tax administrations accelerate adoption of continuous compliance, businesses are dealing with the […]

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Colombia DIAN UBL 2.1 E-invoicing Mandate Reminds SAP Shops Why Compliance Matters

Colombia’s new electronic invoicing mandate serves as another reminder to SAP that compliance has to be at the heart of digital transformation efforts and migrations to SAP S/4HANA. The South American country, following the lead of Latin American neighbors Brazil and Mexico, is moving from a reporting e-invoicing model to a clearance model. Effectively, that means […]

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TIGTA Audit Highlights Gaps in IRS Withholding Controls

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) reported results of a recent audit of the IRS internal controls in place to ensure that the withholding reported on information returns (i.e., Forms 1099) is accurately reflected on Form 945, Annual Return of Withheld Federal Income Tax, and that those amounts were paid to the IRS. […]

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Key Reporting Considerations for Insurers Writing Insurance Across the EU

Freedom of services insurers are faced with a number of different obligations when entering new territories and writing insurance business within the European Union.  One that may initially be overlooked relates to which policy details are required to be recorded and then reported to the tax authorities.   It is essential that all insurance premium […]

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Europe Embraces Digitized Invoices but Country Specific Requirements are Diverse

Based on the Billentis report of 2019 (The E-invoicing Journey 2019-2025), automated e-invoicing will generally result in cost savings of 60-80% compared to conventional paper format invoices. In this age of digital transformation, optimizing invoice flows is top of corporate agendas for most companies to improve efficiencies and reduce operating costs. And many companies want […]

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Colombia anuncia el nuevo modelo de validación previa y el protocolo UBL 2.1 para su mandato de facturación electrónica

La autoridad fiscal de Colombia, DIAN (Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales), ha anunciado nuevos cambios a su mandato de facturación electrónica que serán implementados según la Resolución 020, orientada a las empresas que aún no han adoptado este modelo de facturación. Quienes ya son facturadores electrónicos deberán implementar el nuevo modelo antes del 2 […]

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A New VAT System for Costa Rica – Part I

The Costa Rican government enacted law 9635/2019 which introduces a new value added tax (VAT) system effective July 1, 2019. The new VAT replaces the current hybrid General Sales Tax (locally known as IGV) which existed for almost four decades. The new VAT is markedly different from the IGV, with some of the key differences […]

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How to Calculate Hungarian Insurance Premium Tax

Many insurance premium taxes (IPT) and levies exist throughout Europe and, due to the lack of tax harmonisation, there are no general rules governing how the tax is calculated.  There are a number of different ways to calculate these taxes that are used across the EU including percentage rate, fixed amounts, sliding scales and other […]

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Cryptocurrency Taxes: IRS Responds to Pressure from Congress

After four separate letters from members of Congress urging the agency to release clarification on cryptocurrency taxes, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig finally responded to Representative Tom Emmer, R-Minn., on May 16, with confirmation that clarification is forthcoming. While Rettig’s letter did provide some specifics on what the guidance would cover, it did not include a […]

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Poland Dives Deeper Into VAT Split Payments – Mandatory From 1 September 2019

Split payments is one of the methods that European countries with a considerable VAT gap use to tackle it.  Across the EU, the VAT gap in the EU in 2016 was reported to be €147.1bn. Poland introduced voluntary VAT split payments in July 2018. Since then around 25% of taxpayers have adopted this payment method.  […]

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Marketplace Facilitator Tax Collection Responsibilities in the European Union

Marketplace Facilitators and Payment Processors Find Themselves in the Global Tax Compliance Crosshairs – Part III The spread of the digital economy presents massive growth opportunity, but it also creates challenges for global taxation. As the VAT landscape responds to technological change, compliance becomes increasingly burdensome and costly, and the need for a complete solution […]

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How to Prepare for 1099 Reporting Changes to Come in the Gig Economy

There has been a lot of attention paid to “gig” economy workers lately, and that includes some scrutiny by state and federal tax authorities. The growing impact to tax revenue as a result of under-reporting of income and minimal payments of self-employment taxes from this ‘new’ sector of American workers has not gone unnoticed. Academic […]

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The Cost of Getting it Wrong – The Benefits of Getting it Right

Premium taxes shouldn’t be overlooked as pressure mounts for insurers to protect profit margins. The UK insurance market in recent years has achieved on average a combined ratio of 95%, meaning that for every £100 of premium income written, the insurer makes an underwriting profit of £5. If you then consider that the standard rate […]

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Best Practices for Coping with the IRS Crackdown on 1099 Backup Withholding

Background Generally, under Internal Revenue Code 3406(a)(1)(A), when a payer of US source income fails to collect a US tax identification number (TIN) in the manner required for the type of payment being made, 24 percent backup withholding is applicable at time of payment. Filers are required to remit those amounts to the IRS and […]

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