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Europe

UK avoids EU VAT issues till post Brexit

July 16th, 2018

On July 12, the UK issued a White Paper outlining its proposed economic partnership with the EU after Brexit, scheduled for 29 March 2019. Whilst the discussion paper does represent a significant advance on the UK’s aspirations on future trade rules, it is vague on tax and VAT issues – effectively postponing any discussions until the …


India

India GST returns simplifications 2019

July 15th, 2018

India is planning to introduce a single Goods and Services Tax return at the start of 2019. This will bring to close the difficult, but momentous introductory phase of the new GST tax, which replaced in July 2017 a plethora of complex and double taxing indirect levies, including VAT, CENVAT, Service Tax and over twenty other charges. …


Greece

Greek VAT delay blocks €15bn bailout funding

July 13th, 2018

The Greek decision last week to extend the discounted VAT rates till January 2019 on five islands impacted by the refugee crisis has led to a delay in the €15bn last round of bail out funding. Greece has failed to consult with its creditors on the move. The islands are: Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros. …


China

China VAT cuts boost exports to US despite tariff wars

July 12th, 2018

China’s lowering of VAT in May on aluminium exports to the US and rest of the world has helped contribute to a 37% growth sales (source: Chinese Customs, June 2018). This comes despite the US imposing heavy tariffs on aluminium in March, and a spiralling trade war with China and the European Union. Since May …


Singapore

Singapore digital GST changes

July 11th, 2018

Singapore is to consider a range of changes to its Goods and Services Tax regime. These include a consultation on the following: Imposition of GST on B2B imported services from 2020, with the customer recording the transaction via the reverse charge. For unregistered businesses, this could trigger the obligation to GST register if the level …


Australia

Australia marketplaces split on e-commerce GST

July 10th, 2018

From 1 July 2018, Australia withdrew the AU$1,000 GST-free import threshold on goods imported by consumers.  This effectively ended the tax subsidy foreign online merchants had when selling to Australian consumers compared to domestic sellers obliged to levy the 10% consumption tax. Non-resident sellers are now liable to GST register, and charge tax on any B2C sales …


Italy

Italy withdraws VAT split payments

July 9th, 2018

Italy’s Minister for Economic Development has said that anti-VAT fraud split payments regime will be abolished for professional service transactions to government. Italian split payments involve customers paying the VAT element of invoices directly to the tax authorities. Split payments are obligatory in Italy for B2G transactions only. This reduces the opportunity for VAT fraud. Italy …


Poland

Poland drops VAT return for SAF-T 2019

July 8th, 2018

Poland has announced plans to withdraw the requirement for the submission of monthly VAT returns. Instead, the already mandatory Standard Audit File for Tax (SAF-T) will suffice. This provides the tax authorities with details of all VAT transactions, and well as the total calculated VAT liability and other totals required for the existing VAT return. …


Mexico

Mexico reintroduces border reduced VAT

July 7th, 2018

Mexico is planning to reintroduce a reduced VAT rate in the 19 mile border area next to the US border. The rate for standard supplies will be 8% compared to the regular 16%. Until 2013, there was a reduced VAT rate of 11% in operation near the border.