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Switzerland: VAT changes for imports of low-value goods from 1 January 2019


Due to the change in legislation, non-established sellers of “low-value” goods into Switzerland will be obliged to register for VAT if they generate more than CHF 100,000 (approx. USD 100,000) of sales of low-value goods per year.

Low-value goods are defined as imports where the VAT charge does not exceed CHF 5. At the currently applicable Swiss VAT rates these are shipments of CHF 65 at the standard VAT rate of 7.7%, or CHF 200 at the reduced VAT rate of 2.5%. Import VAT and customs duties are not levied upon the importation of goods if the amount of import VAT does not exceed CHF 5. Continue reading


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Germany: “Boehringer Case” – EUGH C-462/16, 20 December 2017- new development


The German Federal Ministry of Finance (MoF) has published a decree (dated October 4, 2018) with respect to the VAT treatments of mandatory rebates.

Within this decree, the MoF states that mandatory rebates according to the drug discount law (“Arzneimittelrabattgesetz”) do entitle the taxpayer to reduce the relevant tax base for VAT purposes. Continue reading


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UK: Making Tax Digital – your new obligation as from 1 of April 2019


HMRC recently published their final version of the legislation introducing the new MTD VAT reporting obligations, which are to take effect from 1 April 2019.

From this date, businesses with UK taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold (currently ₤85,000 per annum) will need to keep and preserve digital records and submit UK VAT returns using compatible software. Continue reading


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Spain – Intrastat System


Please be informed that Order HFP / 36/2018, of January 18, establishing certain provisions related to the Intrastat System in order to unify and adapt the national Intrastat to the EU’s regulations, entered into force on March 1, 2018. Continue reading


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Swiss VAT law changes as per 1/1/2018


The Swiss VAT law changed. From 1 January 2018 onwards, any person or business with global turnover of CHF 100’000 or more may be liable to VAT starting from the first franc of turnover in Switzerland. This means that if you want to continue doing business in Switzerland, you need to register with the tax authority.
Please find HERE the most important changes. 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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Saudi Arabia – VAT registration in KSA will start in September 2017


In brief

Saudi Arabian General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) announced that VAT registration will start in September 2017 and deadline for registration will vary depending on the size of the potential taxable businesses. Continue reading