As part of the VAT action plan as launched on 7 April 2016, the EU Commission announced a legislative Proposal for the Definitive VAT system for Cross Border EU Trade. This proposal introduces the cornerstones of the Definitive VAT system for Cross Border B2B EU trade. Continue reading
On 21 September 2017, the European Commission (EC) issued a Communication (non-binding, strategic policy paper) on the taxation of the digital economy. The Communication will serve as a basis for further discussion among EU leaders at the Tallinn EU Digital Summit of 29 September. Continue reading
On 6 May the EU Commission announced its strategy for Digital Single Market. The aim is to further simplify and harmonize the applicable VAT and legislative rules to e-biz and e-commerce (in particular re telecommunication and copyrights) as well as to reduce the administrative burden companies are facing in this field.
The ultimate goal is to remove the barriers which currently hinder EU based companies to grow and to be (more) competitive with the world’s Internet giants. The strategy also wants to help European customers to shop on-line form other EU countries as easy and simple as it their home countries. The VAT related initiatives of the strategy focuses on: Continue reading
The Italian Parliament passed the 2015 Finance Law on 22 December, which applies the 4% VAT rate to e-books as of 1 January 2015. According to the legislation any publication that is identified by an ISBN code (International Standard Book Number) and transmitted through any physical or electronic means, should be considered as a book and, as a result, subject to the 4% reduced VAT rate. Continue reading
Distinguished academics, policy makers from bodies such as the OECD, IMF and the EU Commission as well as practitioners and government representatives from all over the world will elaborate on the hottest topics regarding VAT related to the digitalisation of the global economy. Continue reading