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UK – HMRC to introduce new penalties for even unknown involvement in VAT fraud


Tower Bridge in London28 of September HM revenue and Customs (HMRC) published consultation about new penalties regime for participation in VAT fraud. If the government decides to proceed it will be included in Finance Bill 2017. Based on HMRCHMR experience the vast majority of customers meet their obligations. Penalties are only applied to a small minority of taxpayers. The penalty regime has to encourage compliance and prevent non-compliance. There is no objective to raise revenue with penalties. Penalties should be proportionate to the offence and may take into account past behaviour however consistent and standardised approach has to be applied. Penalties are designed in the way that compliant customers are in a better position than the non-compliant customers therefore penalties have to be a real threat. Continue reading


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EU Finance Ministers discuss VAT fraud – 15 January


Photo_RGB_R_DUB_D4_2152-2.jpgDuring the Ecofin Council meeting in mid-January, EU Ministers of Finance notably discussed VAT fraud. The discussion took place at the request of Czech Republic, which emphasised the need to transcend the current focus on corporate tax and pay more attention to VAT fraud. Continue reading


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Czech Republic – Successful Fight Against VAT Fraud in 2014


Photo_RGB_PC_48238.jpgPeople walking near parked cars on a street - PwCA specialised team, the “Tax Cobra” was officially established in June 2014 under the joint effort of the Czech General Tax Directorate, General Customs Directorate and the Police Unit for Detection of Fraud and Financial Criminality to fight against VAT fraud in the Czech Republic. Continue reading


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The Netherlands – reverse charge on certain products as from 1 of April 2013 as a measure to avoid the VAT fraud – btw verlegd


Companies selling goods as mobile phones, tablet PC’s, laptops, game consoles or integrated circuit devices (e.g. CPU’s) in the total value of  Euro 10.000 or more  have to apply reverse charge mechanism for  local Dutch supplies as from 1 of April 2013. Reverse charge mechanism means that the purchaser has to account for the VAT due on the transaction in his own VAT return. Continue reading


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How to fight against VAT fraud quicker – Directive 2006/112/EC amendment (quick reaction mechanism against VAT fraud)


One of the topics high on the agenda in nearly every country, but especially in Europe, is to increase the governmental revenue. Improving the tax collection and tackling tax evasion are seen as ways how to achieve it. VAT fraud schemes like carousel and missing trader fraud evolve rapidly. These fraud phenomena have very often international dimensions. Continue reading