Netherlands – VAT treatment of Advance Therapy Medicinal Products


The Dutch tax authorities informed HollandBio (the interest group of biotech companies in the Netherlands) about the Dutch VAT treatment of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs), such as cell and gene therapy and tissue engineered products. According to the Dutch tax authorities, Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) qualify as medicines, which means that these products are subject to the reduced Dutch VAT rate of 9%. This is in line with European regulations, where ATMPs are regarded as medical products.

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Italy – plastic packaging tax as per 1 of January 2021


I would like to share with you further information regarding the plastic packaging tax to be introduced in Italy presumably in January 2022.

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Spain – New Plastic Tax expected as of January, 1 2021


The new Plastic Tax is an environmental and indirect tax, which will be levied to private or legal persons that manufacture, import or acquire from another EU state non-reusable plastic packaging to be used on the Spanish market.

Non-reusable plastic packaging includes the one designed to contain, protect, manipulate, distribute and present merchandise containing plastic.

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Italy – e-invoicing changes as per 1.1.2022


Changes to the mandatory business-to-business (B2B) electronic invoicing (“e-invoicing”) rules for transactions carried out with foreign business partners (i.e., taxpayers that are not resident or established in Italy and that do not have an Italian VAT number) will be effective as from 1 January 2022. Thus, Esterometro will be abolished and, consequently, all cross-border invoices (export, import, intra-community, etc.) will have to be sent to SDI on a transactional basis (i.e. the scope of mandatory e-invoicing will be extended).

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Romania – new reporting obligation („SAF-T”).


A new reporting obligation will be implemented in Romania as of 2022 (i.e. the Standard Audit File for Tax („SAF-T”)). The obligation will arise for large taxpayers as of January 2022. In this respect, taxpayers should have the ERP ready for the SAF-T reporting in terms of ensuring the existence of the mandatory elements to be reported on the format requested by the tax authority as well as insert the potential missing data.

For further information or in case of any questions please contact Andreea Dereli, andreea.d.dereli@pwc.ch.

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Great Britain – Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT)


The plastic packaging tax (PPT) will come into effect in the UK on 1 April 2022. This means that for any business that imports into the UK, or manufactures in the UK, plastic packaging or products contained in plastic packaging will be liable to register for PPT and pay any tax due if they exceed the threshold of 10 tons of plastic packaging per annum.

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Japan – PwC Webcast on ‘Qualified Invoice Retention System’


As previously reported, Japan will introduce a new qualified invoice regime for Japanese Consumption Tax (JCT) with effect from 1 October 2023. The new system will align the JCT regime more closely with European-style VAT regimes, and in order to claim input tax credit, the purchaser will be required to retain ‘qualified invoices’ issued by ‘qualified invoice issuers’. This change will greatly impact not only companies conducting their business physically within Japan, but also foreign companies providing digital services to customers in Japan.

Please see below for further details of the new system, along with a link to a short webcast which highlights some key points that taxpayers should be particularly mindful of. The webcast (available from 12 July 2021 to 11 July 2022) also identifies certain practical issues that may arise, and is a starting point for taxpayers looking to plan their transition to the new invoice system.

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UK – recovery of VAT for the period 1 of July 2019 to 30 of June 2020


HMRC has published a Revenue and Customs brief on 1st July confirming that businesses have been given a further 6 months to submit a valid certificate of status for the prescribed year 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

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Germany – VAT record keeping and joint and several liability for operators of electronic interfaces as of 1 July 2021


Publication by PwC Germany

With effect from 1 July 2021, the second stage of the so-called “e-commerce package” will be implemented throughout the EU, necessitating far-reaching ad­justments to the EU VAT system, particularly with regard to supplies of goods and services to private individuals.

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Russia: Custom value of imported goods – increase number of audits


The Russian customs authorities have recently started challenging royalty/license fee agreements of number of companies.

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