Industries

The cross-border needs of our clients vary according to the nature of their businesses but our focus is always on achieving compliance, promoting VAT efficiency, and making savings.

Examples of how we have helped our clients – from a wide range of business sectors – can be found here.

Publishing

As the world embraces the digital age, the publishing industry is seeing demand shift from the usual printed books, magazines and newspapers to e-books, digital editions and online digital media subscriptions. The introduction of new rules for electronically supplied services supplied on a B2C basis, that became effective on 1 January 2015 , have put extra burdens on those in the industry making these “digital” supplies.

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Land and Property

There are many complexities within EU laws and regulations, especially when it comes to services connected with immovable property. It is important to be aware of the VAT obligations for your business when you are providing these services, especially when the property is in a different EU Member State. With VAT rates as high as 27% in some EU countries, it can prove to be a costly mistake if your obligations are not known in advance and you become liable for this VAT due to the tax authorities.

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Energy Market

The European Union has made significant progress in the past decades with its attempt to harmonise and liberalise its internal energy market. But trading across several EU and non-EU countries means that traders must comply with registration, reporting and payment obligations for VAT purposes in several countries. This may be cumbersome for some traders as it usually means taking important resources away from their core business.

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Automotive

The single European market has provided great growth opportunities to businesses across Europe. Automotive companies have been among those that have taken up on this opportunity and expanded their production capabilities especially to new EU Member States in Eastern Europe where costs are more competitive. However, this expansion has also come at a cost, with automotive companies facing an increasingly complex supply chain.

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Food Businesses

For many businesses trading food products, VAT often isn’t the first thing that they think of. However, the EU rules on the VAT treatment of food are complex which means it is easy to get wrong. When this happens it can lead to serious issues that could see profits being wiped out or products getting stuck in customs and spoiling. Therefore, planning in advance is a requisite for businesses in this sector.

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Chain Transactions

The supply and distribution of commodities, such as chemicals, fertilisers and food ingredients, can be achieved via a number of different supply chains. In some cases these may be complicated and involve many parties including producers/manufacturers, distributors, traders, and re-sellers. More transactions means more supplies to consider from a VAT perspective

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Events, Exhibitions and Conferences

Events, conferences and exhibitions are one of the business activities that may create an obligation to register for VAT in another Member State. This is because within the EU, the place of supply for a number of services related to events is generally deemed to be the Member State in which they take place. National legislation varies, and in particular, supplies of stand rental are an area where a large difference of interpretation between Member States exists.

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E-Commerce

Online retailing is increasing rapidly right around the world. Companies of all sizes are taking advantage of the potential of the internet to reach into new markets, and extend their sales territories beyond the country in which they are established. E-commerce (along with electronic downloads and mail-order selling) is enabling businesses to reach millions of new international customers.

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