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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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Digital Services Tax Debate Intensifies

On 18 June 2020 European officials announced that an EU-wide digital services tax (DST) will be introduced if the US’s recent withdrawal from global tax negotiations stops international agreement. The US’s withdrawal follows the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) initiation of Section 301 investigations into DSTs adopted or proposed in the EU and nine countries. […]

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Different Class: New Varying Approaches to Customs Administration from UK and EU

A touch of CLASS: simplifying access to customs tariff data CLASS – short for Classification Information System – is the new single point access search facility from the European Commission. It provides access to tariff classification data of goods entering or leaving the EU and is the latest step in developing an integrated approach to […]

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Industry First: Businesses and Government Partner on New Digital VAT Compliance Principles

For the first time in history, international business and governments have come together. Their aim was to define and agree a guiding set of principles for tax compliance in a world where continuous tax controls (CTCs) are becoming the norm.  The International Chamber of Commerce‘s (ICC) executive board has now formally approved the first set […]

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Upcoming VAT Mandates – a Tax Technical or Technology Issue?

A new and growing reporting trend in Europe, despite the current pandemic, is the move towards more transaction-based reporting – also known as Continuous Transaction Controls (CTCs). In an economic climate where the protection of government revenue bases is more important than ever, we still see the continuing trend of mandates providing governments with more […]

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E-Delivery Note Usage Scenarios

The General Communiqué no. 509 (communiqué) established the date of transition to the e-delivery note application and the full scope of the mandate. Whilst the communiqué addressed the general use of the application and the basic practices, it didn’t contain all the information businesses require and although the FAQ and information from the Turkish Revenue […]

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E-invoicing Trends Across the Middle East and North Africa

The concept of e-invoicing as a vehicle for increased tax control and cost reduction, continues to spread into new areas of the world. The number of countries adopting e-invoicing regimes are rising in the Middle East and North Africa as both governments and businesses by now are well-aware of the benefits. While some countries in […]

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Key Facts About Turkey’s E-Arşiv Invoice System

The era of paper invoices is coming to an end. With the e-arşiv invoice system, you can issue an electronic invoice, even to non-registered e-invoice taxpayers. This regulation enables companies to send invoices directly to the end-user via e-mail removing the need for paper invoices. Due to the official statement from the Turkish Revenue Administration […]

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VAT Rate Changes – Key Economic Lever or Just Another Burden for Businesses?

Throughout this year, one development we’ve seen substantially increase is the use of targeted VAT rate changes by governments around the world. Given the large proportion of transactions in an economy that attract VAT, these changes are used as a key tool in economic stimulation, especially as economies throughout Europe slowly start to re-open following […]

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Greece: Focus on E-invoicing as MyDATA Bill is Signed

After a period of solid work around the myDATA framework, with little documentation left to implement the entire scheme in Greece, the IAPR has shifted its attention to e-invoicing. Last week the IAPR and the Ministry of Finance signed the long-awaited bill, which once turned into law will enforce the myDATA system within Greece. According […]

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India’s E-invoicing Mandate Deadline of October is Looming

Renowned for its diversity, India is taking the same approach to its e-invoicing framework.  There have been several changes and new possibilities included in the required processes and technical (“JSON”) invoice schema since e-invoicing was introduced. Such changes are unsurprising as many of the existing Continuous Transaction Controls (CTC) systems regularly bring new elements to […]

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Turkey: Which Documents Can Replace E-Delivery Notes?

From 1 July 2020, all taxpayers with revenue above 25 million TL in 2018 or subsequent years must switch to the e-delivery note system. E-invoice instead of e-delivery note With the deadline fast approaching, one of the questions on taxpayers’ minds is whether e-invoices can be used to replace e-delivery notes as paper invoices can […]

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European Court Rules Against UK on VAT Treatment of Futures Trading

In the midst of ongoing negotiations following the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled that the UK has impermissibly expanded the scope of its 0% VAT rate on futures trading.  And, that this has been occurring over a period spanning more than forty […]

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The Future of VAT in Northern Ireland

As negotiations to determine the future relationship between the EU and UK beyond the end of the transition period resume, after a COVID-19 initiated pause, it’s worth taking a moment to review some of the anticipated VAT implications of Brexit, and in particular the impact on Northern Ireland. Prior to the UK leaving the EU, […]

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Albania’s New Tax Reform: Fiscalization

Following the trailblazing efforts by countries such as Italy, Hungary and Spain, this past year has seen an increase in European countries announcing digital tax control reforms. Earlier this year, Albania joined the ranks of France and Poland by announcing the introduction of a continuous transaction controls (CTC) system, called fiscalization. This scheme requires clearance […]

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Deadline Looming for Turkey’s E-delivery Note Mandate – are you Ready?

Following the successful implementation of the e-invoicing mandate that has gradually expanded its scope, Turkey introduced a new mandate to track the movement of goods in a more technology-efficient way. Like many other countries, Turkey has already been able to retroactively track the movement of goods by obliging taxpayers to issue delivery notes. Having seen […]

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European Commission Proposes Delay of Six Months for E-commerce VAT Package

On Friday 8 May, the European Commission (EC) published a legislative proposal to delay implementation of the e-Commerce VAT Package by six months due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The implementation of the new measures, which were set to come into force on 1 January 2021, have been delayed until 1 July 2021. […]

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