On 17 of June the EU Parliament voted – the last procedural hurdle for formal adoption by the ECOFIN Council in the next few days – regarding an option for E.U. Member States (including UK for these purposes) to defer the reporting deadlines for DAC6 by up to six months. The relevant details are as follows:
The proposed increase in the standard VAT rate from 23% to 24% was approved by the Greek Parliament yesterday (22 May) and will take effect from 1 June 2016. The Bill introducing the VAT rate increase also provides for the abolition of the special 30% reduced VAT rates in the islands of Syros, Thasos, Andros, Tinos, Karpathos, Milos, Skyros, Alonnisos, Kea, Antiparos and Sifnos, where the new 24% standard rate will apply from 1 June.
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A new double tax treaty (DTT) between Bulgaria and Switzerland was ratified by the parliaments of both countries and will enter into force as of 1 January 2014. New rules on exchange of information and lower tax rates are introduced.
The Slovene Parliament has approved an increase of the VAT rate as from 1 of July 2013. The standard VAT rate will increase from 20% to 22% and the reduced rate will increase from 8.5% to 9.5%. The approval of the National Council is still pending, but is expected in June.
The Finnish Government has issued on Monday 17 September 2012 an official proposal to increase the current VAT rates by 1% in Finland. It is foreseen to increase the standard VAT rate from 23% to 24% and the two reduced VAT rates from 9% to 10% and from 13% to 14%.
If passed by Parliament, the increase will take effect from 1 January 2013.