Michaela Merz


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Germany – The end of the simplification regulation for cross-border sales to a multitude of (smaller) businesses


In Brief

In a circular letter dated April 23rd 2018, the German Federal Ministry of Finance (FMOF) repealed the German tax authorities’ previous simplification regulation for the so-called intra-Community movement of own goods in the border area (Section 1a.2(14) of the German VAT Application Decree [Umsatzsteuer-Anwendungserlass, or UStAE]). Continue reading


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Spain – Intrastat System


Please be informed that Order HFP / 36/2018, of January 18, establishing certain provisions related to the Intrastat System in order to unify and adapt the national Intrastat to the EU’s regulations, entered into force on March 1, 2018. Continue reading


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Germany – direct supplies from another EU Member State to call-off stocks in Germany may be treated as a single supply of goods


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The German Federal Ministry of Finance (Bundesfinanzministerium, or BMF) has amended the VAT Application Guidelines following two decisions in which the Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof, or BFH) held that, under certain circumstances, Continue reading


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Poland – new reporting obligation – transportation package


I would like to inform you about law on a monitoring system of a road transportation of goods (so called “transportation package”) that was introduced in Poland.

Transportation package concerns companies taking part in certain transactions and providing specific services. Continue reading


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Poland: permanent place of business on the example of toll manufacturing arrangement


In brief

According to a recent judgement from Polish Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) dated 15 February 2017, the term “permanent place of business” has been defined, on the example of toll manufacturing arrangement between Polish and Swiss companies, together with the VAT taxation obligations.

The Swiss company requested interpretation, regarding the transactions` treatment of tax on goods and services. Continue reading


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Incompleteness of VIES – good to know


People sitting on a long bench talking (3) - PwC, Photo_RGB_PC_48164.jpgVIES is an electronic tool for transmitting information relating to VAT registrations (= validity of VAT numbers) of companies registered in the EU. Furthermore, information relating to (tax exempt) intra-Community supplies between Member States’ administrations is also transmitted via VIES. For details see link below: Continue reading


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Update – Germany: new limitation in the application of deemed intra-Community supplies transition period extended until 30 September 2013


As reported in my previous post earlier this year, the German Ministry of Finance (Bundesfinanzministerium – BMF) proposed stricter rules for the application of the simplification rule which allows suppliers to treat certain cross-border transactions as an intra-Community transfer of own goods. As per the proposal this treatment will only be allowed if the supplier transports the goods himself. Continue reading