United States – States provide sales and use tax relief to help mitigate COVID-19 impact


In brief

As businesses continue to grapple with the challenges related to COVID-19, many states are providing tax relief in the form of filing and payment deadline extensions.

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EU – Possible additional duties on products of US origin


The US has announced safeguard measures in the form of additional duties on imports of certain steel and aluminum products into the US. At the moment the implementation of these additional duties for products from the EU is postponed until June 1st 2018. As a counter measure, last week the EU published a commission implementing regulation: (EU) 2018/724. Read More »

Detroit – the US‘ most dangerous city


detroit-406894_1280I have never been to Detroit before but I have read quite a bit about its glorious past and the haunting present. And the city surprised me very much. What is visible especially at the airport is the fact that there are no taxis in this city but at the same time no public transport neither. Of course, in this automotive city almost everyone has a car. Read More »

Belgium – Bitcoin Trading Exempt from VAT … for now


In a recent decision issued for an online Bitcoin trading platform, the Belgian tax authorities have confirmed that the trading of Bitcoins and other virtual currencies is similar to the activity of an intermediary and should therefore fall under the exemption included in the Belgium VAT Code for “negotiation concerning deposits, current accounts, debts, cheques and other negotiable instruments but excluding debt collection” . As a result, the activities should be at this moment treated as exempt from VAT. Read More »

Global conference “The Future of VAT in a Digital Global Economy” – Vienna – 24-26 September 2014


People walking in a plaza/square - PwC, Photo_RGB_C_2 44647.jpgWhat’s the future of VAT in a digital global economy? How are corporate, individual income taxes and VAT connected in a global digital economy?

Distinguished academics, policy makers from bodies such as the OECD, IMF and the EU Commission as well as practitioners and government representatives from all over the world will elaborate on the hottest topics regarding VAT related to the digitalisation of the global economy. Read More »

PwC – Webcast Invitation – US Indirect Taxes- Current issues facing global sellers


Please join PwC’s U.S. State and Local Tax practice for a webcast on Thursday, June 26th from 8:00am – 8:35am ET / 2.00pm – 2.35pm CET focusing on the indirect tax considerations for foreign companies selling products or services into the United States.Read More »

USA – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act – change as from 16 of October 2013


On October 16, 2013 two laws will change. Cellular phones cannot be called from an auto dialing system without express written consent.
And  EBR Exemptions for Robocalling residential landlines no longer apply.  Even accidently breaking one of these rules – like calling a cell phone number without express written consent – Read More »

Fundamental VAT changes to electronically supplied services


Making sure your business is ready

Live webcast 19 September 2013: live at 11am (GMT)

Do you sell services to consumers? Are they electronically supplied? Are your customers in the EU? Are you ready for the B2C  2015 VAT changes?

There are significant changes on the horizon for the VAT paid on electronically supplied services. Any business headquartered in any country selling broadcasting, telecommunications and electronically supplied services to EU retail customers will be affected by these changes. This includes businesses in the US, China and Australia.

The new legislation is effective from 1 January 2015. It will have the effect of changing the place of supply, and the country of taxation, of business to consumer (B2C) telecoms, broadcasting and ‘electronically supplied services’ from the country in which the supplier is established to the country in which the consumer is resident. One effect of this is that, rather than applying a single VAT rate in its country of establishment, affected businesses may be required to apply the local VAT rate in 27 different member states.

Getting your business ready

You’ll need to recognise that 2015 isn’t that far away. Planning ahead will be vital if your business is going to deal with the issues raised by these VAT changes. So, what are the main questions you should be asking?

  • The legislation is expected to be finalised very soon – is your business ready?
  • Have you developed a plan to cope with these changes?
  • What services might be in scope?
  • Who needs to know?
  • What deadlines will need to be met?
  • How will the switch-over be dealt with?

We’re running a webcast on 19 September 2013, that looks at these questions in detail. You can join our panel of indirect tax specialists who’ll discuss the issues you’ll be facing in the lead up to the 2015 changes. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask the panel questions over our live feed to the studio.

Webcast details and how to attend

We’ll be live from 11am (GMT) 19 September 2013.

The webcast will last approximately 30 minutes and you’ll have the opportunity to put your questions to our specialists during the webcast.

Speakers: Martin Blanche, PwC UK,  Sophie Claessens, PwC Belgium, Joanna Denton, PwC Luxembourg, and Tom Corbett, PwC Ireland

To view the webcast, please click on the link below from 10.55:

Link to the webcast

There’s no charge to attend this webcast. No continuing professional education (CPE) credit is provided for this webcast. For more information about this webcast please contact Christine O’Malley christine.omalley@uk.pwc.com.

USA – one stop shop for internet sales (Marketplace Fairness Act)


US legislators want to introduce a basis for a system as quick as possible, which resembles the European one stop shop system for internet sales. Foreseen is a process where the online retailers have to collect sales tax, according to the state the customer resides in. This new piece of legislation is called Marketplace Fairness Act. The proposal was submitted last week; the vote is expected this week. The White House as well as big online retailers are backing this proposal.Read More »