A group of EU member states have been participating since June 2013 in a pilot for obtaining advance rulings on the VAT treatment of complex cross-border cases. The pilot has now been extended to 30 September 2018 and the rulings will be published on a voluntary basis.
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The EU's Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, intended to crack down on tax avoidance and money laundering, entered into force on June 26th. The Directive is designed to reinforce existing rules by tightening a range of requirements.
Tax advisors, accountants, lawyers and banks who are involved in the design and promotion of tax planning schemes for their clients will come under scrutiny with tough new transparency rules aimed for implementation on 1st January 2019.
On 16th June the Council of European Union failed to reach an agreement on two major topics, namely the application of a reduced VAT rate on e-books and a temporary application of the reverse charge mechanism to certain transactions.
The discussion on the e-books has been on the EU agenda for quite a long time. The result of the Council’s meeting came as a surprise, in particular following the recent vote taken by the European Parliament on 1st June 2017, endorsing the EU Commission proposal on this topic.'...'
Further to a previous entry we can now report that twenty EU member states have reached a deal on the establishment of a new European Public Prosecutor's Office. This will have the power to investigate and prosecute criminal cases affecting the EU budget.
Member States have formally adopted new EU rules to prevent tax avoidance via non-EU countries, closing down so-called 'hybrid mismatches' with the tax systems of third countries.
At a meeting of the Council of the European Union (ECOFIN) on 23 May 2017 European finance ministers agreed on a final text for the proposed Directive on Double Taxation Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (the “Proposed Directive”)...
In a vote taken by the European Parliament on 1st June 2017, an EU Commission proposal to enable member states to charge a reduced rate of VAT on e-books has been endorsed.
A European Parliament committee has backed plans that would allow member states to reduce VAT on e-publications.
The European Council has adopted a directive on the protection of the financial interests of the EU (PIF Directive), which will apply to "serious" cases of value-added tax (VAT) fraud...
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