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Are New VAT Rate Freedoms Coming for EU Member States in 2022?

The EU is re-considering plans to give its Member States more freedom to determine which goods and services should be subject to reduced rates in their territory. The proposed changes would also allow Member States the opportunity to apply a third reduced rate. Current VAT rate system Currently, the EU VAT Directive gives national governments […]

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Turkish Revenue Authority Publishes New Rules for e-Documents

Back in July 2020, the Turkish Revenue Authority (TRA) published a Draft Communique including several amendments to existing e-document regulations. Very recently, on 9 February 2021, the Draft Communique amendments were implemented into a new Communique, amending General Communique (‘Amending Communique’) with some changes, exemptions and additional provisions. Let´s take a closer look at the […]

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Facts to know about the 2021 e-document transition in Turkey

2020 was significant for the mandatory transition to e-transformation applications following the General Communique issued by the Turkish Revenue Administration (TRA). 2021 will be a year of mandatory transition to various e-documents for taxpayers. Who must use e-invoice from 2021? Taxpayers with gross sales revenue of TRY 5 million and above in 2020 and all […]

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HM Treasury Calls for Evidence on VAT Challenges of the Sharing Economy

HM Treasury recently published a call for evidence on VAT and the Sharing Economy. The aim is to test the government’s assessment of VAT challenges created by the Sharing Economy and to explore next steps. The consultation document defines the Sharing Economy as “an accessibility-based socio-economic model, typically enabled or facilitated via advanced technological solutions […]

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Turkey: How Tax Technology is Improving Company Efficiency

Digital transformation will continue to be a business priority for years to come. Efficiency is still one of the primary issues that companies want to improve and the digitization of many business processes is helping to increase efficiency, reduce errors and ensure compliance. Technology is helping to transform departments, including tax. The benefits of tax […]

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OECD on Digital Service Tax: What’s Ahead for 2021?

The challenge of how to fairly tax the digital economy was identified in the OECD’s BEPS initiative as ‘Action 1: Addressing the Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy’. The standard rules in place today do not capture certain business models that make profits from digital services in a country without being physically present. This has […]

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What to Consider When Changing E-Transformation Service Provider in Turkey

In today’s business world, it’s common for companies to use third party providers. This includes for activities such as regulatory integrations, with organizations using third parties to assist with the processing and submitting of electronic records in Turkey including e-invoice, e-ledger, e-arşiv invoice and e-delivery note on behalf of the taxpayer in compliance with the […]

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European Commission Proposal of VAT Reforms for Financial and Insurance Services Explained

We recently shared news of the European Commission (EC) opening a feedback period concerning an initiative to review VAT rules for financial and insurance services. The feedback period has now ended, and a public consultation period is set for the first quarter of 2021. The consultation will gather stakeholders’ views on the current VAT treatment […]

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Egypt’s Tax Digitization Continues

Scope of mandatory e-invoice clearance extended The global trend of Continuous Transaction Controls (CTCs), having spread from Latin America to Europe and more recently to Asia, is now increasingly gaining popularity in Africa. Egypt is modernizing its tax control system, and one of the most important elements of this is implementing the digital processing of […]

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Turkey’s Digital Tax Transformation: What is E-Arşiv Invoice?

Companies have begun to transfer financial processes to the digital environment as a result of technological developments in recent years. Business efficiency has increased through the financial processes regulated via e-transformation applications. The e-transformation system in Turkey covers applications such as e-invoice, e-ledger, e-arşiv, e-ticket, e-reconciliation, and e-delivery note. Mandate scope of e-arşiv invoice According […]

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Turkey Continues to Protect Employees from Effects of COVID-19: Part II

Incentive law numbered 7252 was published in the Official Gazette for private sector employers on 28 July 2020. Thanks to this law, private sector employers who applied for short work allowance (SWA) and cash wage support before July 2020 and whose short-time working ended will be able to benefit from financial support. How to claim […]

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The Age of Automation: How Tech Can Support Finance Teams

The shift towards digitisation has necessitated a radical adaption and shift in existing tech for industries across the board. As this occurs, tensions and anxieties rise around automation and job losses. With Oxford Economics predicting that 12.5 million manufacturing jobs will be automated in China by 2030, a partially automated workforce is indeed on the […]

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Developments in India’s GST Reporting

It’s now over two years since goods and services tax (GST) was implemented in India. And yet GST reporting continues to present challenges for businesses. With the unveiling by the GST Network of new filing enhancements and considering the increased focus on GST compliance with the advent of e-invoicing, a review of periodic GST filing […]

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A New EU Country Code on the Horizon for Northern Ireland

Since 31 January 2020, the UK is officially no longer part of the EU but is considered a third country to the union although EU legislation will still apply to the country until the end of 2020. Although Northern Ireland is part of the UK, the region will remain under EU VAT legislation when it […]

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Turkey Continues to Protect Employees from Effects of COVID-19

The Turkish government continues to minimize the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on companies. A Presidential decree has extended the deadline for the Ban on Layoffs and Cash Wage Support from 17 July 2020 until 17 August 2020. This measure, which protects both employees and employers, is extended until 30 June 2021 and will be […]

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EC Considers Indirect Carbon Tax for Carbon Border Plan

The European Commission recently opened a public consultation on a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) to maximise the impact of tax in meeting the EU’s climate goals. A CBAM would reduce the risk of carbon leakage, which occurs when production is moved to countries with less robust climate policies, by ensuring that import prices better […]

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Tax IDs and List Checks: The New Trend

VAT gaps can generally be found in countries that collect indirect taxes. This hiatus has led many tax administrations to implement Continuous Transaction Controls (CTCs), through which transactional and accounting data are monitored in real-time or near real-time. However, even countries with sophisticated CTCs may encounter fraud involving missing traders and non-existent supplies. This creates […]

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Turkey: Penalties for Noncompliance with the Mandatory Electronic Document Framework

For rules to carry any real weight, the rule-maker must combine compliance with that rule with either a carrot or a stick. In the field of tax legislation, the rule-maker, in this case, the legislator or the tax authority, almost always goes down the route of the stick in situations of noncompliance. And the penalties […]

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