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Colombia - Electronic Invoicing Update

The Colombian tax authorities (DIAN) have announced the launch of a free web service to facilitate the issuance of e-invoices for taxpayers that will be required to submit e-invoices under the new rules.

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Greece - Proposed VAT Rate Cut

Following Greece’s exit from the Third Economic Adjustment Programme (usually referred to as the third bailout package) with the IMF, the European Central Bank and the EU, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced a number of tax legislation amendments on 8 September 2018.

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USA - Economic Nexus Updates

Following on from the recent landmark US Supreme Court decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case a number of states have announced plans that will require remote sellers to collect sales tax even if they do not have a physical presence.

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UAE - VAT Invoice Clarification

A significant number of UAE businesses have been seeking clarity about the exact requirements of a valid VAT invoice and the circumstances in which one must be issued. Consequently, the UAE Federal Tax Authority issued a public clarification on 9 September 2018, containing detailed VAT invoice guidance.

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EU - State of the Union Address

On 12 September 2018, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the annual State of the Union Address. With respect to taxation, a letter of intent published in relation to the address includes priority initiatives for delivery before the European Parliament elections (expected May 2019), including the adoption of the proposals on:

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Kosovo - VAT Amendments to Comply with EU Law

Kosovo’s government has published a draft law containing amendments that would further align the country’s VAT legislation with the EU VAT directive, in light of Kosovo’s efforts to become a member of the EU.

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Switzerland - RTV Corporate Fee Clarification

Further to a previous report we can now bring you news that the Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) have issued a significant clarification.

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Lithuania - Food VAT Reduction Planned

According to recent reports, the Lithuanian government is planning to reduce the VAT rate on several basic foodstuffs to 5%, including for bread, meat, and milk.

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EU - Cross-Border VAT Rulings Project

The EU cross-border VAT rulings project has been extended from 30 September 2018 until 30 September 2022.

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UAE - VAT Refund for Tourists

Following on from a previous bulletin, further details have been released by the UAE’s Federal Tax Authority (FTA) regarding the VAT refund scheme for tourists. The FTA has confirmed the scheme will be implemented in November 2018.

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