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How the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement Affects Business

The EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) was finally agreed on 24 December 2020. A week before the end of the transition period. Fully implemented into UK law, but the TCA remains provisional. It needs to be ratified in the European Parliament. Therefore it applies on a provisional basis until 28 February 2021. The TCA […]

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How Technology Can Help Businesses and Governments Measure and Mitigate the Impact of Covid-19

Technology can help businesses and governments measure and mitigate the impact of Covid-19. With further waves and recessions biting, technology offers an unparalleled opportunity for governments and business alike to gain a clearer picture of the current panorama. Digital tax returns and real-time or near-real time reporting offer up-to-date financial insight and many tax authorities […]

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Trends: Previewing the Four Tax Compliance Mega-Trends Facing Multinational Companies

We recently launched the 12th Edition of our Annual Trends Report. We put a spotlight on current and near-term legal requirements across regions and VAT compliance domains.  The report, “VAT Trends: Toward Continuous Transaction Controls” is authored by a team of international tax compliance experts and provides a comprehensive look at the regulatory landscape as […]

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VAT E-Commerce Package – The One Stop Shop (OSS)

The European Union’s VAT E-Commerce Package has been delayed until 1 July 2021. Consequently, in the New Year businesses will have to contend with both Brexit related VAT changes and the impact of the One Stop Shop – amounting to two new set of rules for VAT reporting in 2021. Treatment of B2C goods and […]

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Goods and Services Post-Brexit – Supply Chain Planning

To help businesses understand the impact of Brexit, we’ve cover the essential considerations for supply chain planning in this blog. Goods and services in 2021 The treatment of goods moving between Great Britain and the EU will change significantly from 1 January 2021. Exports and imports will apply to GB-EU trade, replacing the concept of […]

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Brexit and Fiscal Representation

Recently, we outlined the need for speed in understanding fiscal representation obligations. Post-Brexit, there are many ramifications for businesses operating cross-border. Among them the requirement to appoint a fiscal representative to register for VAT purposes . As outlined in our previous piece, there is a limit on tax authorities’ capacity to authorise new fiscal representation […]

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HMRC issue guidance on VAT accounting processes for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

HMRC has published a policy paper that outlines the VAT accounting process for goods moving between Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI) from 1 January 2021. As from 1 January 2021, the Northern Ireland protocol will come into force. This means that NI will remain in the part of the single market and customs […]

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The Age of Automation: How Tech Can Support Finance Teams

Find out why it makes sense to invest in tech and automation to streamline tax processes and alleviate the burdens finance teams face. The shift towards digitisation necessitates 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 […]

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France: How the EU’s 2nd Largest Economy Plans to go CTC

France is introducing continuous transaction controls (CTC). From 2023, France will implement a mandatory B2B e-invoicing clearance and e-reporting obligation. With these comprehensive requirements, alongside the B2G e-invoicing obligation that is already mandatory, the government aims to increase efficiency, cut costs, and fight fraud. Find out more. France shows a solid understanding of this complex […]

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Brexit and Fiscal Representation: What Do Businesses Operating in the EU Need to Know?

Our Brexit and VAT series aims to offer the vital information and planning tips businesses operating cross border need. This week, we’re addressing fiscal representation in the EU. As the UK is now a third country from a VAT perspective, there are various urgent steps businesses must take. Post-Brexit Fiscal Representation in the EU Fiscal […]

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Seven Tips for Choosing a VAT Compliance Managed Service Provider

As discussed in three key reasons to appoint a VAT managed service provider, the VAT compliance demands from tax authorities around the world continue to increase. They are only going to become more onerous to boost economic efficiency, combat fraud and reduce VAT gaps. The demands for more granular tax reporting are increasing for this […]

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Post-Brexit: Postponed and Deferred Import VAT Accounting in the EU

Businesses that trade cross border must turn their attention to the treatment of goods post-Brexit. Recently, we discussed postponed import VAT accounting in the UK. This week, we’re turning our attention to postponed import VAT accounting in the EU. Deferred and postponed accounting for VAT post-Brexit In theory, when goods enter the EU, import VAT […]

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“OSS” Explained – Explanatory Notes for July 2021 VAT E-Commerce Rules

On 30 September 2020, the European Commission published its “Explanatory Notes on VAT E-Commerce Rules,” to provide practical and informal guidance on the upcoming July 2021 e-commerce regulations. This “EU VAT e-commerce package” was initially adopted (under Directive 2017/2455 and Directive 2019/1995) and set to be implemented on 1 January 2021 but has since been […]

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Post-Brexit: UK Postponed Import Accounting for VAT

If you listen carefully, you can hear the tick tock of the Brexit clock growing ever louder. As 31 December looms into view, there’s lots to consider from a VAT point of view. One area business must get up to speed with is the movement of goods between the EU and the UK post-Brexit. Whether […]

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UK Border Controls Post-Brexit – What you Need to Know About Importing Goods

In our Brexit and VAT series, we delve into some of the most important issues of the day to bring you clarity and advice. Last week we looked at goods, services, and VAT. This week, we address UK border controls post-Brexit and importing goods.  Movement of goods post-Brexit Currently, the concept of dispatches and acquisitions […]

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Goods, Services, and VAT Recovery Post Brexit – What do Businesses Need to Know?

The sands of transition period time are draining away. As we edge ever closer to the final Brexit deadline, there are a raft of VAT related considerations for businesses to attend to. Though uncertainty reigns about the shape of the trading relationship, most of the Brexit scenarios up for debate would render the UK a […]

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Three Key Reasons to Appoint a VAT Compliance Managed Service Provider

With a VAT gap across EU countries estimated at €140 billion in 2018, tax authorities are continuing to take steps to boost revenues, increase efficiency and reduce fraud.  As a result, VAT compliance obligations are becoming more demanding. Failure to comply can not only result in significant fines but also reputational damage. Many multinational companies […]

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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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