Michaela Merz


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EU and the rest of the world – full transparency becoming the new reality


The EU’s new reporting regime (commonly referred to as DAC6) is a real game changer. Tax planning becomes full transparent. But this is not just another reporting regime, this has also a strategic impact on companies and individuals, also in Switzerland. Time to think about this is now. So what is DAC6 all about? Continue reading


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Italy – Tax authorities may assess under-declared VAT by extrapolation


The Advocate General (AG) has opined that the principles of EU law do not preclude national legislation from assessing a taxpayer, who is presumed to have under-declared VAT, for unpaid VAT by means of estimating that taxpayer’s likely revenues based on studies of comparable taxpayers within the same economic sector. However, the national courts must ensure that principles of law, such as the right to challenge the basis of assessment, are respected (Fontana (C-649/16)). Continue reading


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UK – Making tax digital as from 1 of April 2019 – The end of TAX Return


HMRC starting to transform the tax system, so that it is more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers as well as for the controls done by HMRC themselves.

VAT has been online since 2010 and over 98% of VAT registered businesses already file electronic returns. Continue reading


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India – Trade discounts are permissible deductions from total turnover and cannot be disallowed as original tax invoice issued did not indicate discount


The tax authorities have always disputed the claim of post-sale trade discounts (cash or quantity discounts) claimed by the taxpayers on the ground that the said discounts were not linked to any sale invoices. Hence, claim of deduction towards such discounts from the sales turnover were disallowed. Continue reading


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Romania – It’s very difficult to get registered for VAT purposes


Romania has a very high fraud in the VAT field and this is why the authorities had put in place a VAT registration process for resident entities, which is far more demanding compared to similar processes in other EU countries. Continue reading


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Breaking news von Sandra Ragaz: Pharmaceutical rebates – opportunity for VAT savings


The ECJ AG in the case of Boehringer Ingelheim has been handed down on 11 July 2017 (please find he CJEU case C-462/16 here: Link).

In that regard we have excellent breaking news and a VAT saving opportunity on (mandatory) rebates that companies have to render for the supply of pharmaceuticals. Continue reading


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China – Compliance


Chinese tax authorities is using technology to improve the efficiency of VAT collection and management – Are you ready for this?

China managed VAT by invoice, therefore VAT invoice management is a key point, and the Chinese tax authorities have been using information technology on VAT collection and management. Continue reading