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Europe

EU destination-based VAT reform hitch

April 16th, 2018

Progress on the EU’s ambitious proposals for a ‘Definitive VAT System’ by 2022, grounded on a leap to a destination-based VAT regime to combat fraud, is being delayed over a proposed exemption for large companies. The current rotating EU presidency is held by Bulgaria which had hoped for next-stage agreement by May. But this now looks likely …


Japan

Japan 10% Consumption Tax Oct 2019

April 15th, 2018

Japan is continuing to prepare for a rise in its Consumption Tax from 8% to 10% on 1 October 2019. The planned rise has already been delayed once, in 2016. It is the second in a long-planned doubling of the tax – the first from 5% to 8% coming in 2014. The OECD has warned this month that …


Poland

Poland 1% bitcoin sales tax

April 14th, 2018

The Polish Finance Ministry has made all bitcoin trades subject to a 1% turnover tax. The tax, Podatek od czynności cywilnoprawnych, is a limited financial transaction tax on certain loans and mortgages. Under EU VAT rules, following an ECJ ruling, cryptocurrencies are treated as a private currency and therefore not subject to VAT on trades. …


China

China VAT lotto takes on rampant fraud

April 12th, 2018

China’s Shanghai trials with a weekly anti-tax fraud cash prize draw for VAT invoices has been declared a success. Since the start of 2018, Shoppers can upload barcodes on their VAT invoices to a phone app for a potential immediate €12.50 (equivalent)  prize. Their invoices are also entered into a weekly draw with a top …


Europe

EU blockchain to solve VAT fraud?

April 11th, 2018

This blog first appeared in International Tax Review Should we ignore the bitcoin speculative bubble and hacking scare stories as the fireflies before the technological storm? Could blockchain solve the EU’s €50billion VAT fraud menace, and revolutionise tax reporting? Or is blockchain’s hype overblown and optimism misplaced? Are the considerable concerns about its electricity-guzzling dependency and …