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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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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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South African electronically supplied services – Webcast recording now available


South Africa has proposed extensive reforms for electronic services supplies (“ESS”) which were announced in the draft electronic services Regulation on 21 February 2018. A recorded version of the Webcast is now available on our Webcast page. Continue reading


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Norway: Foreign suppliers of Electronic Services (B2C) are required to register for VAT through a simplified VAT registration scheme (VOES)


Norway introduced VAT on supplies from abroad of electronic services to consumers (B2C) as from 1 July 2011. VAT is collected through a simplified registration arrangement, called the VOES-scheme, similar to the MOSS scheme in the EU. Reporting of output VAT is done electronically on a quarterly basis, but VAT recovery is not possible through the scheme. Supplies of electronic services to Norwegian businesses (B2B) is VAT taxable on the purchasers hand via the reverse charge mechanism. Continue reading


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EU – mini one stop shop expanded for distance sales provider


On 5 December 2017, the Council adopted new rules making it easier for online businesses to comply with VAT obligations.

Part of the EU’s ‘digital single market’ strategy, the proposals are aimed at facilitating the collection of VAT when consumers buy goods and services online. Continue reading


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Russia to impose 18 percent VAT on certain e-commerce as from 1.1.2017


shutterstock_87654373_taxes_468Russia’s State Duma passed at third reading a bill that would charge 18% VAT on the sale via the Internet of electronic services, games, music, books and video products, to Russians. Continue reading


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Modernising VAT for cross-border e-commerce: Commission launches public consultation


The European Commission has launched a public consultation to help identify ways to simplify the Value-Added Tax (VAT) payments on cross-border e-commerce transactions in the EU.

This consultation is also part of the ongoing assessment of the new rules for VAT payments on cross-border telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services which came into force last January. Continue reading