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Russia - VAT Refund for Tourists

Russia is to begin a gradual introduction of a tax free system for foreigners in February 2018. This will allow non-residents of the Eurasian Economic Union - the member states being Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia) - to get a refund VAT on purchases made in Russia.

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EU and Latvia - Games Consoles VAT Derogation

The European Commission has proposed to authorize Latvia to apply the reverse charge mechanism to supplies of game consoles until December 31st 2018. The text of the proposal for a Council Implementing Decision - authorizing Latvia to apply measures derogating from article 193 of the EU VAT Directive (2006/112) - was published on February 9th 2018 and can be found here.

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UK - Nesquik Zero Rating Decision

February 14th saw Nestlé UK Limited lose an appeal made to the UK’s Upper Tribunal Tax Court  regarding the VAT rating of their strawberry and banana flavoured Nesquik powders. The case provides an excellent example (once again) of the complications and oddities that can arise in the VAT realm.

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EU - VAT Refund Procedure Scrutinised

February 15th saw the European Commission launch a compliance check to assess whether VAT refunds to business in EU Member States are in line with both current EU law and case law of the European Court of Justice. In essence they wish to assess whether businesses are refunded quickly enough in all Member States. The press release can be found here.

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EU and Hungary - Reverse Charge Derogation Granted

The European Commission has proposed to authorize Hungary to apply the reverse charge mechanism to supplies of staff - other than those listed in article 199(1)(a) of the EU VAT Directive (2006/112) - until December 31st 2020. The text of the proposal to apply measures derogating from article 193 of the EU VAT Directive (2006/112) was published by the European Commission on February 9th 2018 and can be found here.

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France - Amazon Tax Dispute Resolved

Amazon in France has settled a tax dispute with the French government for an undisclosed sum. The tax dispute is one of a number that the French government is pursuing with global companies. Amazon was also recently forced to settle a similar tax case with the Italian government relating to outstanding tax claims from 2011 to 2015.

 

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Hungary - VAT on Food Reduced

The Hungarian Government has said that it will continue its policy of reducing rates of VAT on various foodstuffs in 2018 to boost domestic agriculture and reduce food prices.

 

 

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European Commission - Update on E-tax Plan

The European Commission is hoping to present by the end of March its plan for overhauling tax rules for internet giants, aimed at making them pay up in the countries where they earn their profits, a top official said earlier this week.

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UK - Making Tax Digital

HMRC - the UK tax office - is looking to recruit businesses to take part in a Making Tax Digital trial. The scheme is scheduled to begin in April 2018, with a selected number of businesses being given the opportunity to submit their VAT returns via the new system. HMRC will monitor the progress of the VAT returns to ensure the system is working as expected before the new service is opened more widely.

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Italy - Further VAT Updates

Further to the news we provided a few weeks ago there have been further VAT amendments which have been approved by the Agenzia delle Entrate - the Italian tax office.

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