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NEW ZEALAND: Introduction of low value imported goods start date might be postponed even until 1 April 2020


NZ low value imported goods rules start date is still going through a decision-making process. The large platforms and several firms asked for more time as the law will with high probability be not passed until mid year. The industry asks for 1 April 2020 as a day of introduction rather than the original date of 1 October 2019. This will be a governmental decision and a compromise date could be 1 January 2020.

 

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POLAND: Court confirmation CJEU judgment of 20 December 2017


Poland – The Provincial Administrative court in Warsaw confirmed CJEU judgment of 20 December 2017 in case C-462/16 (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co.KG.) for Poland.

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SOUTH AFRICA: Obligation to register for VAT as from 1 of April in case of supply of electronic services


 

On 18 March 2019, the long-anticipated regulations prescribing the electronic services that are subject to South African Value-Added Tax (VAT) were published by the National Treasury. The regulations will be effective from 1 April 2019. Continue reading


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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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