News from Accountancy Europe September 2018


Luxembourg Introduces New VAT Group Regime - 9 August 2018

Luxembourg has adopted a new VAT grouping regime (article 11 of Directive 2006/112/EC refers). It replaces a previous regime which was restricted to entities only engaged in activities in the public interest. Luxembourg’s move aims to rectify 2017 rulings from the European Court of Justice (CJEU), which excluded financial and insurance companies from the scope of the public interest definition.


MEP Questions & Answers

The applicable VAT tariff for mind sport - 20 August 2018 

The European Commission has replied to a question asked by the MEP Esther de Lange (EPP/NLD) with regard to VAT applicable to mind sport.

In her question, Ms. de Lange refers to a ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) which forbade activities such as duplicate bridge from being qualified as “sport”. The court apparently based its argument on the observation that sport requires some level of physical activity. She therefore asks the Commission whether it would establish a EU definition of sport and include mind sport into this definition, and whether bridge and all mind sport will no longer be applicable for a 0% VAT rate.

In his reply, Commissioner Navracsics (education, culture, youth and sport) states that the Commission usually refers to the definition of sport established by the Council of Europe, which includes the notion of physical activity.

Even though the CJEU ruling in question excludes the application of sport label to duplicate bridge, Member states may still use the concept of “cultural services” within the meaning of the VAT directive for it. He also maintains that the recently proposed VAT rates reform, once (and if) adopted, would grant Member states the possibility of applying a reduced or zero rate to tournament or club membership fees for duplicate bridge.



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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

Mexico proposes the implementation of VAT on e-commerce supplies

The Mexican senate is proposing to levy VAT at 16%, on digital e-commerce supplies provided to consumers by non-resident online platforms...

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News from EC

News from EU - August 2019

Cross-border rulings (pilot project) – Update July 2019

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