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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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EU – European Commission launches public consultation on the fight against VAT fraud


The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the fight against VAT fraud and administrative cooperation in the area of VAT. The consultation stems directly from the Commission’s VAT Action Plan, in which addressing the VAT gap and tackling VAT fraud received prominent attention. Continue reading


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Italy – important changes


Introduction of the so called “European VAT group”

The Budget Law 2017 has introduced, in the Presidential Decree no. 633/1972, the new title V-bis which regulates the institute of the VAT group, effective from January 1, 2018, subject to prior consultation of the European VAT committee. Continue reading


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USA – are looking to hold off bitcoin regulations for 5 years


Photo_RGB_R_IST_D5_8984.jpgA proposal has been made by one of one of the US Representatives to introduce a 5-year moratorium period on digital currency regulation in the US. As per the bill submitted by to the Congress, any statutory restrictions or regulations on digital currency should be hold off for five years starting 15th June 2015 in order to use the above period to fully access and examine the potential economic benefits of digital currencies. Continue reading


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USA – tax regulation of bitcoins and other crypto currencies


IRS (internal revenue service), the US tax authority, published this year (March 25, 2014) a clear guidance (Notice 2014-21) on how the tax principles apply to transactions involving bitcoins and other crypto currencies. It is not a new law but just an interpretation of how the existing law should be applied to the new technology. It describes how Bitcoin and other crypto currencies transactions should be taxed. Continue reading


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Switzerland: New Customs Regulations as from 1 July 2014


On 1 July 2014, new regulations come into force in case goods are imported to Switzerland by travelers. The aim of those new rules is to simplify touristic traffic and make it more transparent.  

From now on, travelers attempting to import goods into Switzerland are required to answer two questions:

(1)   Does the total value of all goods exceed CHF 300?

(2)  Are defined duty free limits exceeded? Continue reading