Michaela Merz


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OECD and EC release disparate recommendations on tax and the digitalisation of the economy


The OECD Inclusive Framework on BEPS (‘IF’, a group of 113 countries) issued its paper Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalisation – Interim Report 2018 (the ‘Report’) on 16 March, and held a public webcast to discuss its findings. This was followed by the European Commission’s (EC’s) recommendations for EU-wide adoption on similar topics, which were published on 21 March. 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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Switzerland: Radio and TV fees for businesses from 1 January 2019


The Swiss people firmly rejected the ‘No Billag’ initiative on 4 March 2018. As a result, all VAT Register-listed businesses with an global turnover of more than CHF 500,000 will have to pay a business licence fee, regardless of whether or how much TV and radio they actually receive. As the fee is linked to inclusion in the VAT Register and the company’s global revenue is taken into consideration, the maximum fee of CHF 35,590 may vastly exceed the VAT incurred in Switzerland. Continue reading


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Belgium: abolishment of VAT quarterly advance payments


According to the Royal Decree, the mandatory monthly VAT advance payments for quarterly declarants have been abolished as from 1 April 2017. Additionally, the Royal Decree confirmed the practical modalities as regards the one-off yearly December VAT advance payment, replacing the monthly VAT advance payments for quarterly declarants. Continue reading


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India – The Government reduces tax rate on 66 items, increases the composition limit from INR 5 million to INR 7.5 million, and finalises accounts and records rules


The Government reduces tax rate on 66 items, increases the composition limit from INR 5 million to INR 7.5 million, and finalises accounts and records rules.

In brief
At its sixteenth meeting, the GST Council decided to reduce the tax rates on 66 items out of the 133 items for which it had received representations. Continue reading


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Switzerland – Turnover reconciliation


The aim of the turnover reconciliation is to reconcile a business’s annual revenue and input VAT as declared in the four quarterly VAT returns to the financial statements (P&L) of the same year.

Pursuant to article 72 of the new VAT Law there is a possibility (but also an obligation) to correct errors in the VAT declaration within 180 days of the end of a tax period. This “finalisation” gives the VAT payer the opportunity Continue reading