Decisions and Publications in the EU

Council of the EU

Joint Declaration on VAT on E-books, 19th March 2015

Following the recent European Court of Justice judgement on the legality of applying reduced VAT rates to e-books the Ministers of Culture of France, Germany, Poland and Italy have written to the European Commission demanding a review of the VAT Directive, in order to make it possible for Member States to align VAT rates for all books, regardless of how they are published (ie in digital or paper form).

European Commission

Official Announcement of the Extension of the VAT Cross Border Rulings Pilot Project, 27th March 2015

The European Commission has officially announced the extension of the VAT Cross Border Rulings Pilot Project. The scheme will now run until September 2018. Your Association has been as a member of the EU VAT Forum pushing very hard for this significant extension to take place, rather than the short extension proposed by the Commission (6 months). Your Association has also been actively pushing to get more Member states involved beyond the 16 currently takin part.

Digital Single Market Strategy: Simplifying VAT, 24th March 2015

The European Commission has agreed on the priority actions for creating a digital economy, including Simplifying VAT arrangements to boost the cross-border activities of businesses, especially SMEs. The Commission concluded that, the cost and complexity of having to deal with foreign tax rules are a major problem for SMEs. The VAT-related costs due to different requirements are estimated at EUR 80 billion.

These priority actions will be the framework for preparing the comprehensive Digital Single Market Strategy to be unveiled in May.

Studies on VAT Rates Structure and the economic effects of the current VAT rules for passenger transport, 20th March 2015

The European Commission has published two studies on VAT, the first study assesses the main economic effects of the current VAT rates structure and the economic effects that would follow from abolishing zero and reduced rates. The second contributes to the debate on possible options for reform of current VAT rules for passenger transport by assessing the economic effects of the current regime.

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News from the Board

IVA Meeting with HMRC

The meeting, which took place in London in February, was very much a follow-up and review of the progress made since the previous meetings in relation to in particular but not exclusively on the certificates of status required by the UK authorities in the context of 13th Directive (non-EU) claims...

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News from IVA members

Setting up agents’ accounts for MTD – UK

A number of members have indicated that they are having problems setting up agents’ accounts to be able to file UK VAT returns via the new MTD process...

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News from EC

News from Accountancy Europe - May 2019

The European Commission has proposed to exempt supplies to armed forces from VAT and excise duties when these forces are deployed outside their own Member State and take part in a European defense effort under the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP).

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