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4. Schweizer MWST Tagung in Bern – Eindrücke und Erkenntnisse

Aktuelle MWST Themen der Eidg. Steuerverwaltung – Ralf Imstepf, Leiter Abteilung Recht, HA MWST
“MWST Abrechnung Easy” kommt bald. Im Laufe von 2020 oder 2021 kommt die Ausweitung der digitalen Deklarations-Angebote für die MWST. Es wird zwei Optionen geben, die “ESTV-Suisse Tax” und die “MWST Abrechnung Easy”. Das Ziel ist, in der Zukunft vollständig auf die digitale Abrechnung zu wechseln. Die Papierabrechnung kann in Ausnahmefällen auf schriftliche Bestellung erfolgen und bleibt weiterhin bestehen. In 2019 reichen 45% der Mehrwertsteuerpflichtigen die Abrechnung elektronisch ein.

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Mexico Tax Reform 2020

Mexico approves significant tax reform

In brief
Mexico’s Congress approved modifications to the following laws on October 30: The Income Tax Law (MITL), the Value Added Tax Law (VATL), the Excise Tax Law (IEPS) and the Federal License Law (LFD), and the Federal Fiscal Code (FFC) (together, ‘the 2020 Mexican Tax Reform’). Enactment of the 2020 Mexican Tax Reform will occur on its date of publication in the Official Federal Gazette. The 2020 Mexican Tax Reform will enter into effect January 1, 2020, unless an article expressly states a different effective date. Continue reading

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Brexit – Intrastat obligation reporting remains even if Brexit takes place

Many of my clients who are registered for VAT purposes in the UK were thinking that one of the very few advantages of Brexit in the area of VAT is the fact that Intrastat will disappear. In the middle of October HMRC destroyed these hopes with the publication of the information that Intrastat will be surveyed even if Brexit takes place. Continue reading

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Turkey – VAT on digital services and new proposal for 7,5% Digital Services Tax

On the 1 January 2018, the VAT rules for sales of electronic services to non-VAT registered individuals by electronic service providers who do not have a residence, business place, legal business centre and business centre in Turkey have changed. Non-resident electronic service providers have to declare and pay VAT which is charged on electronic services to non-VAT registered individuals. This change is only applicable to B2C transactions and irrelevant for B2B sales, where a reverse charge mechanism is still applicable. For cross border supplies of electronic services there is no registration threshold and therefore registration obligation arises as of the first revenue.

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New Zealand – Registration obligation as from 1 of December for foreign suppliers

New Zealand has adopted a law that will require offshore sellers, electronic marketplaces and redeliverers to register and account for 15% GST on: Continue reading

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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


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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