Michaela Merz

Blockchain will change the VAT world like no other technology before – what do you need to know

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Blockchains are transparent and decentralised way of recording lists of transactions. Their best-known use is for digital currencies such as Bitcoin. The value of Bitcoin increased remarkably since it was launched and ceiling has not been achieved yet. There are many different ways of using blockchains to create new currencies. Hundreds of such currencies have been created in the past and new coming regulary into the market. The way blockchain-based currency transactions create fast, cheap and secure public records means that they also can be used for many non-financial tasks, such as casting votes in elections or proving that a document existed at a specific time. Blockchains are particularly well suited to situations where it is necessary to know ownership histories. For example, they could help manage supply chains better, to offer certainty that raw metals are ethically sourced, that clothes are really made in USA and that champagne comes from Champagne. They could help finally resolve the problem of music and video piracy, while enabling digital media to be legitimately bought, sold, inherited and given away second-hand like books, vinyl and video tapes. They also present opportunities in all kinds of public services such as health and welfare payments and, at the frontier of blockchain development, are self-executing contracts paving the way for companies that run themselves without human intervention.

So it’s more than clear that we will in short see blockchain entering the tax world and change the way of reporting, filling and archiving for VAT purposes. For more please click HERE to read in-deapth analysis of European parliament.

 

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