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Posted June 26, 2020 by Denise Hatem
Preliminary Agreement to Postpone EU VAT e-Commerce Package to 1 July 2021

On June 24, 2020, European Union member states’ ambassadors reached a preliminary agreement on postponing the VAT e-Commerce Package from 1 January 2021 to 1 July 2021. Reports indicate that the postponement should be formally adopted by the Council following legal and linguistic review. The European Commission initially proposed the postponement in May due to the impact […]

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Posted June 19, 2020 by Ramón Frias
Colombia Sets the days for the VAT Holiday

The Colombian tax administration (DIAN) has announced that the VAT Holiday established by the Law 2010/2019 and the Legislative Decree 682/2020 will be held on the following three days: June 19, July 3, and July 19 of 2020. Participation in the VAT Holiday is not mandatory. Businesses opting to participate in the VAT Holiday should […]

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Posted June 18, 2020 by Jeff Gambold
UK: Further delay to implementation of VAT reverse charge to domestic construction services

UK HM Revenue & Customs has announced that the application of VAT by reverse charge on the provision of construction services in the UK will be delayed from 1 October 2020 to 1 March 2021 (the originally planned commencement date was 1 October 2019).  The revised reverse charge rules will impact any businesses that supply […]

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Posted June 18, 2020 by Jeff Gambold
Germany: Temporary lowering of VAT Standard Rate and Reduced Rate between 1 July and 31 December 2020

Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance has announced that VAT rates will be temporarily reduced from 1 July 2020 through 31 December 2020 to stimulate the economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The standard rate is to be lowered from 19% to 16%, and the reduced rate is to be lowered from 7% to 5%. […]

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Posted June 18, 2020 by Muazzam Malik
Czech Republic: New VAT rules for cross-border e-commerce from 2021

The Czech Ministry of Finance has announced the removal of the concession whereby the import into Czech from outside the EU of small consignments valued at less than 22 euros were exempted from import VAT.  This equalizes the VAT treatment with goods arriving from EU countries.  This change will coincide with the adoption of the […]

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Posted May 29, 2020 by Ramón Frias
Paraguay Delays the Application of VAT to Foreign Suppliers of Digital Services

The tax administration of Paraguay (Secretaria de Estado de Tributacion or SET) has announced that the country will be delaying for six months the application of VAT on digital services supplied by foreign non-established providers. According to the recent tax reform, a new withholding system would start to apply on July 1, 2020 to all […]

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Posted May 29, 2020 by Jeff Gambold
European Commission suggests a new levy on large businesses

In conjunction with its revised 1,100 bn budget projection for the period 2021-2027, the European Commission has published its Next Generation EU strategy for alleviating the social and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, to be financed by up to 750bn euros of borrowing.  The intention is that this borrowing will be paid back in […]

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Posted May 29, 2020 by Jeff Gambold
Poland: JPK_VAT launch delayed to October 2020

On 28 May 2020, the Polish Ministry of Finance announced that compulsory filing by all taxpayers of the new combined JPK_VAT uniform control file and VAT return structure has been deferred to 1 October 2020 due to compliance challenges arising from coronavirus, according to a Gazeta Prawna report. It was previously deferred to 1 July as […]

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Posted May 11, 2020 by Denise Hatem
European Commission Proposes Postponement of 2021 VAT E-Commerce Package due to Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the European Commission has proposed to defer the application of the VAT e-commerce package from 1 January 2021 to 1 July 2021. The Commission expects that the European Parliament and Council will soon adopt the proposal.

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Posted May 1, 2020 by Ramón Frias
SPAIN: New Reduced Rate for Electronic Publications

Spain enacted Decree 15/2020 by which electronic publications become subject to a reduced rate of 4%. This new rate became effective on April 23, 2020 and applies to all books, magazines, newspapers and similar publications issued digitally. The new decree also establishes a temporary exemption until July 2020, of all imports and intra-EU acquisitions of […]

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Posted April 20, 2020 by Gabriel Pezzato
The Italian tax authority delays the introduction of the new FatturaPA

According to the ruling 166579/2020, from 20 April 2020, the version 1.6 of the technical specifications of the FatturaPA introduced by ruling 99922/2020 is now applicable as of 1 October 2020 on a voluntary basis and will be mandatory starting on 1 January 2021. Taxable persons may use the schema attached to version 1.5 of […]

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Posted April 2, 2020 by Jeff Gambold
Poland delays introduction of new JPK_VAT with the declaration to 1 July 2020

We recently reported that the new “JPK with the declaration” JPK_V7M (monthly) and JPK_V7K (quarterly) periodic VAT reporting files (a combined Uniform Control File and VAT Return) were due to be implemented from 1 April 2020 for taxpayers defined under Polish legislation as being large businesses. However, as part of a new “Anti-Crisis Shield” (Tarcza […]

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Posted March 31, 2020 by Muazzam Malik
UK MTD for VAT Digital Links soft landing period extended to 1 April 2021

HMRC  has informed Sovos that it is extending the soft landing period for MTD digital links until 1 April 2021, for all taxpayers. The effect of this is that businesses will now have until their first VAT return period starting on or after the 1 April 2021 to have digital links in place.  Our understanding […]

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Posted March 25, 2020 by Victor Duarte
Mandatory Adoption of Hungary Real Time Reporting V. 2.0 Postponed

The Hungarian Tax Authority announced that the deadline to implement the mandatory real time reporting version 2.0 xsd is postponed from 1 April 2020 to 1 July 2020. It is important to note that 2.0 xsd can already be used live in parallel with Version 1.1 xsd. Official announcement can be found at the following link:

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Posted March 23, 2020 by Ramón Frias
EL SALVADOR: Ministry of Finance Announces New e-Invoicing Pilot Program

The Ministry of Finance of El Salvador has announced that the country is about to start an e-Invoicing Pilot program sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank.  The exact day when the program will begin has not been released yet by the tax authorities, but the tax administration has informed that they are selecting the roughly 50 largest taxpayers to […]

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Posted March 20, 2020 by Denise Hatem
Poland Provides New Guidance for Large Businesses

The new “JPK with the declaration” JPK_V7M (monthly) and JPK_V7K (quarterly) periodic VAT reporting files are due to be implemented from 1 April 2020 for taxpayers defined under Polish legislation as being large businesses.  To recap, this means any businesses undertaking operations in Poland that in at least one year of the last two financial […]

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Posted January 7, 2020 by Kelsey O'Gorman
VAT on Electronic Publications Reduced in Various EU Countries – January 1, 2020

In 2019, many European Union Member States took advantage of the alignment of physical publications and electronic publications, recently allowed by Council Directive (EU) 2018/1713.  It appears 2020 is no different, as the following Member States have followed suit: Austria Electronic publications in Austria are currently taxed at the standard VAT rate of 20%, while physical […]

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Posted December 18, 2019 by Ramón Frias
Costa Rica to Issue Regulation Listing Foreign Suppliers Subject to VAT Withholding

Back in July 2019 Costa Rica enacted a new VAT law that, among other things, taxed digital goods and services. The law provided that in the cases of trans-national supplies of digital goods and services where the supplier was not established in Costa Rica, VAT would be withheld by the financial entities/credit card companies used […]

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