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December 2016: Import Exemption for non-EU small packages to be removed

Currently, small packages worth less than $25 supplied to EU consumers by non-EU e-commerce merchants are exempt from paying EU VAT and duties.

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November 2016: UK Deadline for vat refund claims approaches for non-EU claimants

For all non-EU businesses, the UK deadline for vat refunds on invoices dated 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 is on 31 December 2016.

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October 2016: Polish VAT registered entities filing requirements from 1 July 2017

Standard accounting files (SAF-T files) will become a requirement for small to medium sized businesses with a Polish VAT registration.

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September 2016: UK to tackle fraud by foreign online retailers

An estimated £2bn of VAT revenue is lost each year due to VAT fraud by foreign online retailers not registering or not accounting for VAT due in the UK.

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August 2016: EU VAT refund Deadline approaches

The submission deadline for EU VAT refunds on all invoices dated 2015 is on 30 September 2016.

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July 2016: Brexit impact on EU VAT refunds - retain original invoices!

As a consequence of Brexit, the EU VAT refund portal is unlikely to be available to UK businesses for VAT refunds in EU countries.

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June 2016: Switzerland and Norway: Deadline for 2015 VAT refund application on 30 June 2016

The deadline for submission of all refund applications in Switzerland and Norway for 2016 dated invoices is on 30 June 2016

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April 2016: Greek VAt to rise to 24%.

The standard rate of VAT in Greece is set to rise on 1 July 2016 to 24%, from 23%.

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March 2016: Norway removes requirement to appoint a VAt representative.

While Norway have removed the official requirement for a VAT representative, the scope of the simplification is limited

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February 2016: Heavy penalties in France for non comliance on FEC/AEF files.

All companies VAT registered in France are required to produce special audit files or may be subject hefty penalties.

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January 2016: Romanian VAT rate decrease

From 1 January 2016, the standard rate of VAT in Romania decreases to 20%

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December 2015: Distance threshold in France to reduce to €35,000

The French tax authorities plan to reduce the threshold this month for EU distance sellers to France.

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November 2015: UK Deadline for vat refund claims approaches for non-EU claimants

For all non-EU businesses, the UK deadline for vat refunds on invoices dated 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015 is on 31 December 2015.

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August 2015: EU VAT refund Deadline approaches

The submission deadline for EU VAT refunds on all invoices dated 2014 is on 30 September 2015.

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May 2015: Switzerland: Deadline for 2014 Swiss VAT returns on 30 June 2015

The deadline for submission of all refund applications in Switzerland for 2014 dated invoices is on 30 June 2015

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April 2015: Germany: 2014 annual VAT returns due

2014 annual VAT returns in Germany are due on 31 May 2015.

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March 2015: VAT on Danish hotel accommodation now recoverable in full

VAT on hotel expenditure for business purposes is now recoverable in full from 1 January 2015.

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February 2015: Luxembourg VAT rates increased

VAT rates in Luxembourg increased on 1 January 2015 from 15% to 17%.

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January 2015: Can US companies obtain a VAT refund from Portugal?

The Portuguese tax authorities demand to see proof of reciprocity before honouring any demand for a VAT refund of reciprocity can be difficult to obtain.

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October 2014 Spain: Recovery of conference costs by non-EU businesses

Historically, Spain have only allowed VAT refunds for EU and non-EU businesses from Canada, Israel, Japan, Monaco, Norway and Switzerland. However, as of 1 January 2015, Spain are lifting the requirement for reciprocity for conference related expenses such as delegate passes, accommodation, subsistence and transport.

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August 2014: Voluntary registration for German VAT?

With the German VAT rate amongst the lowest in Europe, distance sellers should evaluate the commercial benefit of a voluntary registration in Germany.

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July 2014: Purchasing goods for export in Switzerland

If your business purchases more than CHF 100,000 of goods in Switzerland for export to other countries, you must register for VAT in Switzerland.

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June 2014: Could voluntary registration in Germany benefit your business?

With the German vat rate amongst the lowest in Europe, distance sellers should evaluate the commercial benefit of a voluntary registration in Germany.

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May 2014: Swiss and Norwegian Deadline for Vat Refund Claims Approaches

Vat refund claims for 2013 dated invoices in Switzerland and Norway are due by 30 June 2014

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April 2014: Purchasing goods for export in Switzerland

If your business purchases more than CHF 100,000 of goods in Switzerland for export to other countries, you must register for vat in Switzerland.

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March 2014: E-Commerce vat changes 2015

In order to level the playing field, from 1 January 2015, electronically supplied goods will be taxed where the consumer is based.

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February 2014: Cyprus and France increase vat rates in Jan 2014

Vat rates have increased in both Cyprus and France.

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January 2014: Germany: Vat legislation change for coach transport companies

Prior to 1 October 2013, bus companies only needed to register for vat in Germany if their end customers were individuals.

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December 2013: HMRC targets distance sellers

Distance sellers should ensure that they are aware of distance selling thresholds in the countries they sell to.

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November 2013: UK Deadline for vat refund claims approaches

The UK deadline for vat refunds on invoices dated 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 is on 31 December 2013.

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October 2013: German tax authorities target bus companies crossing the border

Increasingly, we are hearing stories of the German tax authorities targeting bus companies who are transporting passengers to, or through, Germany.

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September 2013: EU Deadline for vat refund claims approaches

The EU deadline for vat refunds for 2012 dated invoices is on 30 September for all applicants from other EU countries.

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August 2013: Austrian tax authority demands increase

In past years, demands for information, original information and supporting documentation from the Austrian tax authorities have been relatively rare, particularly for small claims.

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July 2013: Conference organisers: To register or not to register

Despite attempts to harmonise and simplify vat rules in the EU, the treatment of conference organisers continues to be complex and must be considered on a country by country basis.

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June 2013: Reverse Charge risk on conferences in Germany

EU companies organising conferences in Germany are often relieved to find out that the Reverse Charge generally applies, so there is no need for the organiser to register for vat in Germany.

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May 2013: Swiss Deadline for vat refund claims approaches

The Swiss deadline for vat refund submissions on invoices dated 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012 is on 30 June 2013.

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November 2011: UK Deadline for vat refund claims approaches

The UK deadline for vat refunds on invoices dated 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 is on 31 December 2011.

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September 2011: HMRC block online EU vat refund submissions?

One of our clients was submitting very late this year, just 4 days before the deadline. With the deadline looming, we had a very unpleasant surprise when the EU vat refund system blocked our submission of the claim.

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August 2011: EU Refund Deadline Approaches

The deadline for EU vat refunds is 30 September 2011 for all 2010 dated invoices, so be sure to get your invoices in to us soon.

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July 2011: Slow Processing of Vat Refund Claims

When the new electronic refund processes were implemented on 1 January 2010, the Italian tax authorities made enormous efforts to pay claims on time. Indeed, for the first half of 2010, claims were being paid within 4 months, in line with EU legislation.

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May 2011: European organisations issuing non-vat compliant invoices

While the reverse charge came into effect almost 18 months ago, there are still a significant number of organisations across Europe (including in the UK) which charge vat when the reverse charge should apply.

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Apr 2011: 30 June 2011: Vat Deadlines

Please note that the vat deadlines for claims from Norway and Switzerland is fast approaching. Claims must have reached these two tax authorities by 30 June, or they will be rejected.

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Jan 2011: Swiss vat forms change

It seems the Italian tax authorities really have turned things around. Payment of claims under the old paper system used to take between 2 and 3 years.

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Dec 2010: Italy improves refund timescales

It seems the Italian tax authorities really have turned things around. Payment of claims under the old paper system used to take between 2 and 3 years.

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Nov 2010: Irish vat reclaims more difficult in 2010

The relaxed attitude of the Irish tax authorities seems to be a thing of the past. When you submit your first application for an EU vat refund, be prepared to submit every single invoice in the original, regardless of the size of the claim or the invoice.

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Oct 2010: Extension to 31 March 2011 Approved

The EU voted unanimously to extend the EU deadline for 2009 invoices to 31 March 2011, from 30 September 2010.

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Sep 2010: Decision on EU vat refund extension expected on 25 September

The Commission have now moved the deadline for deciding whether to approve and extension to the EU vat refund deadline of 30 September forward to the 25th of September.

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Aug 2010: Deadline Extension for EU vat refunds uncertain

Back in July, the EU commission proposed an extension to the 30 September 2010 deadline until 31 March 2011 for 2009 dated invoices.

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Apr 2010: EU tax authorities fail to issue required notices for EU Vat refunds

Communication from the EU tax authorities following the introduction of the new electronic VAT refund platform has been patchy at best.

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Mar 2010: EU VAT Refund submission failures - No news not good news

Recently, a valid claim of ours was rejected by the Spanish platform for technical reasons. Neither the client nor the agent received any notification that the claim had not been accepted.

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Feb 2010: Clients receive multiple, duplicate authorisation codes

When your EU Vat refund agent sets you up on the new HMRC system, you may find you receive tens of authorisation letters from the HMRC. This systems glitch is nothing to worry about.

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Jan 2010: Swiss and Norwegian VAT Refunds - HMRC reluctant to issue required documentation

Updated Information: EU Member States may have replaced their paper processes for recovering foreign VAT with an electronic platform, but there have been no such changes in Switzerland and Norway.

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Jan 2010: New Directive creates more work for Austrian and German VAT reclaims

With the old style paper VAT refund applications, Austrian and German VAT authorities allowed a simplified approach for VAT recovery on small value invoices.

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Jan 2010: New VAT directive: Advice on the new Process

The New VAT Directive went live on 1 January 2010. There is still limited information to date, but we recommend that any business seeking a successful VAT recovery adhere to the following advice:

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Dec 2009: Austrian tax authorities speed refunds under the 8th Directive

The Austrian tax authorities have always promptly paid out foreign VAT refunds, but this December they exceeded all expectations.

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Nov 2009: Double taxation agreement signed between Germany and Pakistan

Germany and Pakistan have now signed a double taxation agreement which in theory should allow German businesses to reclaim VAT incurred in Pakistan on hotels, conferences etc.

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Oct 2009: German tax authorities increase rejections and questionnaires

Our customers have seen a large increase in the number of queries, questionaires and seemingly spurious rejections of German VAT refund claims by the German tax authorities.

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Sep 2009: Swedish tax authorities query Place of Supply

The Swedish VAT authorities have been actively querying 8th Directive claims with a view to establishing whether Moms was correctly charged, as opposed to falling under the new reverse charge rules.

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Aug 2009: Suppliers charging cross border VAT incorrectly

New Place of Supply rules from the VAT package will come into force on 1 January 2010. As a result, many of the cross border transactions on which businesses are currently charged VAT will fall under the Reverse charge mechanism.

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Jul 2009: German tax authorities target conference organisers

In 2009, the German tax authorities started actively targeting conference organisers operating at German conference venues, which had not registering for VAT in Germany.

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Jun 2009: 13th Directive claims in Monaco

Non-EU businesses submitting claims for the recovery of TVA (French VAT) in Monaco should note that they are required to use a VAT agent registered in Monaco.

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