The authorities and the IVA : working for you


One of the core objectives of the IVA is :

  • “To make representations to governmental authorities, paying agencies or the Commission or other appropriate person or body, on the operation of VAT Law and practice”
  • “To handle issues with VAT Authorities which are of interest/concern of the wider membership”
  • “To represent all the membership and not one section of the membership

Extract from IVA Articles of association.

The IVA has been nominated as business member of the EU VAT Forum for the period 2015-2018, represented by Mr. Emmanuel Cotessat and Mr. Mike Molony. A Scientific Committee was formed in March 2015 in order to support the work of the IVA in the EU VAT Forum 2015 – 2018. The group would meet 'virtually'. Emmanuel Cotessat and Mike Molony would coordinate this group so that at the Forum meetings they represents the views of all of the Association’s members.

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Key benefits for the Members of IVA Lobbying

  • One remains anonymous while having one’s important issues deal with the authorities
  • There are clear cost benfits of using the IVA
  • Shared Knowledge of the wider IVA membership
  • Group Feedback – not alone
  • Speedier results
  • Far higher chance of achieving your goals 

For complete transparency the IVA is registered and maintains its registration as a lobbying body with the European Commission from 2010.

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News from the Board

Fighting VAT Fraud

The IVA directly contributed to the translation of the French translation of the EU VAT FORUM Guide on enhanced cooperation between Member States and Business in the field of fighting VAT fraud in support to the work of the EU VAT FORUM and the Commission.

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News from IVA members

Spain - Intrastat System

Please be informed that Order HFP / 36/2018, of January 18, establishing certain provisions related to the Intrastat System in order to unify and adapt the national Intrastat to the EU’s regulations, entered into force on March 1, 2018.

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News from EC

News from Accountancy Europe March 2018

The EU Commission has just launched a questionnaire/consultation, which is one of the last deliveries of the 2016 VAT Action Plan. It complements the recently adopted VAT Digital Single Market Package (5 December 2017). The latter simplified VAT rules for cross border business to consumers (B2C) supplies, while this initiative is about the administrative cooperation tools for the competent tax authorities to detect and control VAT non-compliant sellers trading online.

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in the present page is general and does not constitute legal advice. Before taking any decision or action on the above information you should take the appropriate professional advice.