VAT on Digital Sales

Provisions to force foreign suppliers of B2C digital downloads to register for and pay local  VAT/GST continue to spread to new countries across the world. The latest jurisdiction to introduce this is the Canadian province of Quebec. Foreign suppliers of digital services above a value of CAD 30,000 p.a. will become registrable for Quebec Sales…

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Introduction of VAT in Bahrain

On 1 January 2019 Bahrain became the third of the six GCC countries to introduce VAT, following Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates one year earlier.  As per the terms of the Unified VAT Agreement signed by all the GCC States in 2016 the rate of VAT is 5%. In a departure from the…

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Poland Enforcing Split Payments

It has been confirmed that the Polish Authorities are planning on enforcing split payments for industries vulnerable to VAT fraud, in particular scrap metal, electronics, precious metals, steel and car parts for B2B transactions will come into force some time later this year. The impact on foreign businesses who currently settle by bank transfers which…

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China: VAT Rate Reduction

The Chinese authorities have confirmed they will reduce the rate of VAT on the manufacturing industry from the current 16% down to 13% as of 1 April 2019. For the transportation and construction industries, VAT will be reduced to 9% from 10% to help reduce tax burdens on the manufacturing sector and small businesses. The…

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HMRC Requirements For Valid Certificate of Status

Until recently, submission of the Certificate of Status document issued by non EU countries and the supporting cover letter that details any additional company information (such as registered business address) had been accepted by HMRC as sufficient proof of the legitimacy of the company requesting the VAT refund. Over the course of the last few…

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Input VAT Recovery and Time Limits

The CJEU (Court of Justice of the European Union) judgement in Volkswagen AG (C-533/16) confirmed that when VAT is charged by a supplier to a customer – several years after the supply took place – Member States cannot deny a VAT refund to that customer solely based on the expiry of a time limit running…

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Global VAT Roundup – November

Poland: abolition of VAT Returns In another “sign of things to come” Poland has become the first European country to announce the abolition of VAT returns. As of 1 July 2019, VAT returns will no longer be required, but will be replaced with a submission of a data file on all transactions in a standard…

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Making Tax Digital – New Online Pilot

This month, HMRC launched a pilot for its new online VAT service, Making Tax Digital. The Making Tax Digital (MTD) scheme will require digital transactional recording and filing of UK VAT returns from 1st April 2019. From April, Making Tax Digital will mean that around 1 million businesses who are registered for VAT will need…

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