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Mexico – New proposed VAT laws for 2020


The Executive Branch of Mexico’s federal government filed last September 8th, the 2020 Budget to the Congress. Among the relevant changes included in the Budget 2020 are those related to the Value Added Tax Law (VATL).

As of April 2020 (if approved) nonresident entities that provide digital services would be subject to 16% VAT rate if the recipient is located within Mexico, and the service is provided through applications or digital content, over the internet, and the process is primarily automatized. Such VAT will be determined upon the payment of the service rendered. Continue reading


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UK – EU VAT refunds amended legislation in connection with Brexit


HMRC confirmed that the transitional legislation for EU VAT refunds under Part 20 of the VAT Regulations 1995 has been amended to reflect the change in Exit Day from 29 March 2019. The revised legislation was laid on 5 September 2019. You can access a copy of it from this link >

 

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Czech Republik – Introduction of general reverse charge as from 2020 probable


The Czech Republic has applied for the introduction of a generalised reverse charge system, which will apply to all supplies of goods and services in the Czech Republic worth over 17,500 euros (approx. 450,000 CZK). In such cases, the obligation to declare VAT will automatically be shifted from the supplier to the customer. The possibility of introducing this measure in local legislation is subject to compliance with the entry criteria stated in the Council Directive and to the final approval of the EU Council. If the Czech application is approved, the MoF estimates that changes to the Czech VAT Act will be effective starting from 1 July 2020 and lasting until June 2022. Continue reading


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Mexico – VAT obligation for none-resident companies providing electronic services


Amendment to  the current VAT Law and the federal fiscal code was submitted to the Chamber of Deputies on 5 of September. The aim is to amend the VAT Law in order to tax  services provided through digital platforms by none resident companies. In order words it means that foreign companies without any permanent establishment in Mexico providing services through platforms to customers domiciled in Mexico will be subject to VAT.  The bill mentions two options

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PwC’s Pharma & Life Sciences Regulatory Radar


Increasing regulatory challenges

The pharmaceutical & life sciences industry, a long-standing, innovative and successful industry, needs to function in an increasingly challenging market environment. Regulation is one of the main reasons for this. In an increasingly interconnected world where more and more sophisticated pharmaceutical (e.g. genetically engineered, and biologicals, orphan drugs), Medtech as well as nutrition products are being developed, public scrutiny and ultimately legal frameworks are tightening. Governments and regulators are adopting more regulations in order to meet the requirements of technological advancement and changing social conditions (e.g EU GMP/GDP Annex 21, Annex 6 and 16 for clinical trials and the new Swiss “Arzneimittelverordnung”). Given the vast quantity of regulations, there is an inherent risk of missing out on critical topics or taking the required action too late. Therefore, the pharmaceutical & life sciences sector will have to be vigilant and adapt to the constantly changing regulatory landscape. Continue reading


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UNITED KINGDOM: UK firms will receive customs numbers that will let them trade with EU after Brexit


Thousands of British firms will finally be given crucial paperwork that allows them to continue trading with the EU after a no-deal Brexit. After months of demands from businesses, more than 88’000 VAT-registered companies will be given a registration number in the next two weeks that allows EU customs authorities to identify them.

Without the paperwork, known as an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, UK firms would not be allowed to trade with the EU after 31 October 2019.

 

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