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CHINA: Reduction of VAT rates per 1 April 2019


It was confirmed that the standard manufacturing rate of 16% will be reduced to 13%. The transport and construction rate will be reduced from 10% to 9%. The lower rates 6% and 3% will remain unchanged. There might be further changes following shortly in order to simplify the VAT system. Continue reading


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POLAND: Changes in the scope of VAT rates as of 1 June 2019


As informed in blog post, the Polish Ministry of Finance published the draft amendment to the VAT Act (of 8 November 2018).

On 5 March 2019, the draft amendment to the Polish VAT Act introducing a new matrix of VAT rates has been adopted. This in practice means that goods will be assigned to the Combined Nomenclature (CN), whilst services will be based on a new classification of products and services (i.e. 2015 PKWiU codes). Continue reading


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EU: Clinical Trials in Europe and VAT – a complex topic with 28 different local VAT regulations


In 2018, PwC Switzerland collected the data and organised for the set up of the PwC “VAT Guide to Clinical Trials in Europe”.

 The Guide to VAT for Clinical Trials in Europe aims at: 

• providing you a first high level overview of the regulations in 28 EU Member States
• helping you assess the VAT implications and reporting obligations (e.g. VAT registration obligation, VAT return, EC Sales Listing and Intrastat reporting)
• assisting you answering some questions related to the trends in the pharma sector for clinical trials and precision medicines. Continue reading


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POLAND: DAC6 reporting obligation relevant for VAT since January 2019


DAC6 will be implemented by all EU territories as of January 1st 2020 with reporting obligation on all relevant transactions since June 2018. It looked like until today that this kind of reporting obligation will not be relevant for indirect taxes. However the publication of the implementation in the national law in Poland shows that VAT relevant transactions will have to be reported as well.

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POLAND: Change in the the simplified scheme for import VAT as of 1 May 2019


The cash-free import VAT settlement, as a result of the simplified procedure, will be limited from 1 May 2019. The end of April 2019 is the limit date for the reassessment of permits to use the simplified procedure. The need for their re-verification resulted from the introduction of the EU Customs Code (UCC) instead of the previously applicable Community Customs Code (CCC). Continue reading


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RUSSIA: Registration obligation for non-resident providers of electronic services as from 1 of January 2019


From 1st January 2019, foreign suppliers of business-to-business (B2B) electronically supplied services are required to register with the Federal Tax Service in Russia.The method applied in 2018 whereby the Russian business customer collects and remits the VAT at the standard 18% rate to the tax authorities through the reverse charge mechanism is not applicable anymore. Continue reading


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POLAND: Mandatory split payment mechanism to be introduced as from 1 July 2019


On 23 January 2019, the European Commission published a draft derogation decision enabling Poland to introduce a mandatory split payment mechanism for selected goods and types of business operations.

The project assumes that Poland has the right to use the obligatory split payment in the period from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2022. Please find below the most important information resulting from the draft derogation decision: Continue reading