Germany – Interpretation Quick Fixes

Publication by PwC Germany

The Federal Ministry of Finance’s (Bundesministerium der Finanzen, or BMF) decree dated 9 October 2020 gives an interpretation of two of the four Quick Fixes implemented in the German VAT Act (Umsatzsteuergesetz, or UStG) in 2020, amending the VAT Application Guidelines accordingly. The decree covers the VAT identification number (VAT ID) being a substantive requirement for zero-rating of intra-Community supplies of goods (including timely submission of correct and complete EC Sales Lists), and new documentary evidence for zero-rating. No guidance has so far been issued on the new provisions for chain transactions and the simplification for call-off stock. This newsflash deals with the most important amendments to the VAT Application Guidelines.

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EU – quick fixes and COVID-19

Recent weeks saw a surge of contact-free delivery options and some freight forwarders made it mandatory to ensure the safety of their staff. As a result the customers do not confirm the receipt of the goods via signature anymore.

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EU – Council agrees short-term VAT fixes as from 1 of January 2020

euro-comPlease find attached a press release as published last week by the European Council. This concerns so called “Quick Fixes” aimed to be implemented as per 1 January 2020 (and as an interim step towards a definitive EU VAT system). Due to the numerous discussion around the definition, the “Certified Tax Person (CTP)” concept has been postponed and will likely be part of the definitive VAT regime.

On 2 October 2018, the Council agreed on four adjustments to the EU’s current VAT rules to fix specific issues.Read More »