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Hungary has introduced a VAT cut for internet access

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Date12 feb 2018
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Hungary has confirmed the plans to cut the value-added tax rate on internet access services to 5%. This move comes notwithstanding the fact that the measure could be in breach of EU law, as such services are not included in Annex III of the EU VAT Directive, which sets out a preventive list of those...
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Bulgaria increases there Intrastat Reporting Threshold in 2018

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Date08 feb 2018
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Bulgaria as of the 1st January, 2018 increased the ‘Intrastat Reporting Thresholds’ for both arrivals and dispatches. Arrivals threshold will be greater than before, increasing from BGN 410,000.00 to BGN 430,000.00 (approximately €220,000.00), with dispatches threshold being increased from BGN 240,000.00 to BGN 260,000.00 (approximately €133,000.00). Additionally, the statistical thresholds will also be raised. This...
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Portugal’s February Tax Dates

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Date07 feb 2018
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Conceito our Portuguese amavat® Partner Firm has put together an English document with generic* information regarding Portugal’s ‘Tax Calendar’ for February 2018. (also available in Portuguese below) Click here for English version Click here for Portuguese version *might not be applicable to your organisation amavat® provides a one-stop-shop solution for VAT Compliance within Europe. We...
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The EU Council issues its VAT priorities for 2018

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Date07 feb 2018
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The Presidency of the Council of the EU, which is held in Bulgaria for the first half of 2018, has issued its priorities for indirect tax. These comprise of: Implementing the Norwegian agreement on administrative co-operation on VAT; Approving a long-term minimum standard VAT rate for all Member States; Settlement on the four simplifications for...
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There will be tax cuts, not tax hikes for Germany’s new coalition government

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Date02 feb 2018
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Germany’s three political parties set to form the next governing coalition have agreed to decrease the solidarity tax burden, according to the text of the recently released agreement. This solidarity tax is a 5.5% surtax on both corporate and individual income which is used to fund economic development in the east of Germany. The three...
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Belgium adopts the ECJ’s position on unfinished invoices

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Date01 feb 2018
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Belgium has implemented the recent ECJ jurisprudence regarding the right to subtract VAT on invoices with missing details. On the 12th October, 2017 the authorities published a circular letter 2017/c/64 summarising their clarification of recent ECJ decisions concerning the conditions under which a taxable person may exercise their right to subtract VAT in cases of...
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Luxembourg collects unpaid taxes from recent tax amnesty

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Date31 jan 2018
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Luxembourg has collected over EUR30mln (approx. $36.7mln) in unpaid taxes in 2016 as a result of a tax amnesty scheme, Finance Minister Mr Pierre Gramegna has told parliament. Reacting to a parliamentary question, Mr Gramegna exposed that 221 applications were filed under the amnesty scheme in 2016, with a further 68 submitted between the months...
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Spain announced 4% transfer tax on P2P internet sales

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Date30 jan 2018
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Spain has prolonged its ‘Impuesto de Transmisiones Partrimoniales’ (ITP) transfer tax to the sale by consumers of second-hand goods on the internet. If consumers are not VAT registered, then the 4% withholding tax relates. amavat® provides a one-stop-shop solution for VAT Compliance within Europe. We assist clients with a single point of contact that speaks...
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Hungarian ‘live VAT invoice reporting’ will commence July 2018

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Date30 jan 2018
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Hungary advised recently that ‘live VAT invoice reporting’ will proceed from the 1st July, 2018. The requirements relate to VAT invoices above HUF100,000.00. The timing of reporting has been tightened up since the last update, and the choice to report within 24 hours of the issuance of any invoice has been removed. Submissions should therefore...
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