Chile starts taxing foreign digital platforms

The Chilean congress enacted law 21.210, a tax reform bill that will have several implications for VAT compliance. Among the enacted changes, the supply of digital goods and services by foreign suppliers not established in Chile will be subject to VAT. When supplies are made to VAT registered taxpayers, these taxpayers will be responsible for the withholding of the corresponding tax. However, when supplies are made to final consumers located in that country, the digital platforms will be required to collect and submit the corresponding VAT to the tax administration. The law also provides that the tax administration may impose withholding obligations on the local financial entities used by the consumer to pay for the services. These changes will become effective June 1, 2020.

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Ramón Frias

Ramón is a Tax Counsel on the Regulatory Analysis team at Sovos. He is licensed to practice law in the Dominican Republic and is a member of the Dominican Bar Association. He has a Certificate Degree from Harvard University as well as a J.D. from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo. Ramon has written a number of essays about tax administration and has won the first prize in the international essays contest sponsored by the Inter American Center of Tax Administrations (CIAT). Prior to joining Sovos, Ramon worked for more than 10 years in the Department of Revenue of the Dominican Republic where he served as Deputy Director. He is proficient in French and Spanish.
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