Here is where you can find the best analysis, insight and information on international VAT, categorised for your easy reading pleasure. It’s a veritable feast for the mind. In a hurry? Scroll down to find a selection of the latest headlines.


Finance Monthly | Gender Pay Gap Reporting: An Opportunity, Not An Obligation

August 13th, 2019|Press Room|

Gender Pay Gap reporting has made the headlines again this year. While some news was positive, on the whole there was no real significant improvement between 2017-18 and 2018-19. According to Lucy Franklin, Managing Director of Accordance VAT, this is disappointing, and has prompted responses ranging from outrage about the results to despair about the process, with a healthy dose [...]

Norway I Publishes Proposal to Abolish Low Value Consignment Relief in 2020

August 12th, 2019|Norway|

The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has published a consultation proposing to abolish low value consignment relief from 1st January 2020. Under current Norwegian VAT rules, although most imports of goods entering Norway are generally subject to import VAT, there is an exemption for goods of low value which will not be subject to VAT or duties. Low value goods are [...]

Poland I Mandatory Split Payment Launch Delayed to November 2019

August 12th, 2019|Poland|

Poland has delayed the launch of its mandatory split payment mechanism for selected goods and services from 1st September 2019 to 1st November 2019. As of this date, the procedure will become mandatory in certain fraud-sensitive industries, like electronics, steel products, scrap, construction and coal. These rules will also apply to non-residents. The split payment method will only apply to [...]

Belgium / Electronic Notifications of Changes to Registration Status From 2020

August 6th, 2019|Belgium|

Under recently gazetted Belgian legislation, from 1st January 2020 businesses will be required to submit notification of the commencement, termination and any changes to their economic activities to the tax authorities by electronic means.  This will include any changes to information relating to the business’ identification such as change of company name, domicile or registered office, change of legal form, [...]

Poland / Defers Move to Replace VAT Returns Until April 2020

August 6th, 2019|Poland|

The Polish government has delayed its introduction of the extended Polish SAF-T file as a replacement for the VAT return, until April 2020. As reported in our earlier story, this system was initially planned to come into effect from 1st January 2020 for large companies and as of 1st July 2020 for the rest.  Now, the initial start date for large companies is [...]

European Union / Commission Issues Updated List of VAT Cross-Border Rulings

August 6th, 2019|EU|

The European Commission has published an updated list of advance rulings made under the VAT cross-border rulings pilot scheme. This project allows companies planning cross-border transactions, between two or more participating Member States to request a ruling on the VAT treatment for the transactions they envisage. A company generally makes a request by applying to the tax authority of the [...]

Portugal / Delays UBO Registration and Non-resident Certified Software Obligation Effective Dates

July 19th, 2019|Portugal|

By 30th November 2019, all VAT-registered companies in Portugal will have to be registered on the Portuguese central beneficial ownership register. This registration deadline has recently been postponed from 30th June 2019. An ultimate beneficial owner (UBO) is an individual who ultimately owns or controls more than 25% of a company's shares or voting rights, or who otherwise exercise control over [...]

Malaysia / Moves Closer to Launching 6% Service Tax on Imported B2C Digital Services in 2020

July 16th, 2019|Malaysia, Non-EU|

The Malaysian Parliament has recently passed a draft proposal to extend its service tax to foreign supplies of B2C (business-to-consumer) online services as of 1st January 2020.  Online services include the provision of software, streaming of music and film, gaming and digital advertising. The Sales and Service Tax (SST) replaced the Malaysian GST regime in 2018. Unlike the GST, it [...]

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July 15th, 2019|Blog|

New branding, new us, right? Wrong. We’ve undergone a makeover that better represents who we are, to showcase our experts who are at the heart of everything we do and to celebrate our European values. Our last re-branding was in 2014 and a lot has happened in the last five years: Brexit; the EU announced the death of the standard [...]

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