Short resume from the work of the IVA with the Authorities

 

Country

Issue

Action

Belgium

Problems with excise duties In progress

Netherlands

Belastingdienst will no longer be allowed to refund to intermediaries Meeting with the Dutch Tax Authorities

Croatia

Problems with the Croatian portal Letter sent to EC and Tax Authorities

France

Invoices not attached to a claim and the 5MB limit

Letter sent to the French Tax Authorities 

Germany

Article 15 -Refusing invoices for images not attached to claim (5mb)

  • Letter sent to the Commission and German   authorities. A meeting was requested.
  • The Commission confirmed our position

 

Restyling

Written & Discussed with German Authorities

 

Slow paying refunds

Meetings with Authorities was arranged by IVA

 

Claim form signatory Box 9b Claim form

 

 

Supplier Addresses Under Refund Directive

This is under review

  Overall German Position versus the rest of the EU Under review and talking to Commission

Greece

Slow paying refunds both Local and Foreign Est

TEI Complaint sent to the Commission

 

3 year prescription period

Letter to the Commission (Jan 2013)

Italy

Slow paying refunds both Local and Foreign Est

  • TEI Complaint sent to the Commission (Jan 2013)
  • IVA complaint and acknowledgement were received (Mar 2013)

Spain

Slow Paying

  • IVA complaint and acknowledgement were received (Mar 2013)

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News from the Board

IVA Meeting with the Portuguese Tax Authorities

The International VAT Association (IVA), represented by its President, Stephen Dale, and Board Member, Fátima Gouveia, met with the representatives of the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tax Affairs and of the Portuguese VAT Authority on the 9th of July 2019, in Lisbon. The IVA thanked the authorities for meeting with us at short notice.

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News from IVA members

Quick Fixes 2020 – Update – Germany and EU

Some concerns currently exist as to the practical application of the Quick Fixes. However, it may be several weeks until the expected administrative circular is published by the Federal Ministry of Finance. The Explanatory Notes published on 20.12.2019, now also...

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News from EC

News from the EU February 2020

European Commission

European Commission publishes Work Plan 2020

On 29 January, the European Commission published its work programme for 2020, indicating the new policy proposals and Communications to be expected in 2020. For tax, two items to note:

  • non-legislative communication on business taxation for the 21st century, focusing on the tax aspects of the Single Market, in Q1 2020
  • a legislative proposal and action plan on the fight against tax evasion and to make taxation “simple and easy”, also in Q1 2020

Reportedly, both are to be expected on 25 March but this is yet to be confirmed.

The work programme also specifies that definitive VAT, C(C)CTB and public CBCR continue to be the Commission’s priorities for the year.

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Commission plans to evaluate VAT rules for travel agents

The European Commission intends to evaluate the effectiveness of the current special VAT rules for travel agents; including the so-called margin scheme. A public consultation will be launched on the topic in March. Should the evaluation process demonstrate the need for reform, the Commission may propose amendments to existing rules.

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EU could use carbon border tax against Brexit Britain, warns MEP

The Chair of the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee, Pascal Canfin (RE/France) has suggested that the EU could use the planned carbon border tax (CBT) against the UK after Brexit. He argues that deploying the CBT against the UK might be necessary if the country’s environmental standards do not match those of the EU’s, thus risking leaving European businesses at an unfair disadvantage.

The European Commission is currently conducting a feasibility study on the CBT, the results and conclusions of which should not be expected before end-2020 at earliest.

 

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MEP Questions & Answers

Commission confirms a donation given free of charge to a charitable organisation is outside the scope of VAT

  • question by MEP Marco Zanni (NI/Italy)
  • reply by Commissioner Gentiloni

International

US threatens retaliation against EU over carbon tax

As things are starting to calm down between France and the US in their clash over the French digital tax, a new trade war and tax front may be opening.

The Trump administration has warned that a prospective EU carbon border tax (CBT) could be met by trade sanctions by the US. CBT’s purpose is to protect European businesses from competition from third countries whose environmental standards do not meet the EU’s.

The European Commission is expected to publish further details on its thinking and approach to CBT towards the end of this year.

 

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Taxamo publishes overview of digital indirect tax regimes from across the world

 

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