EU – Webcast regarding latest indirect tax policy developments in the European Union – 15 December 2016

On 1 December the European Commission adopted a bundle of measures to improve the tax climate for e-commerce companies within the EU. With these proposals, the Commission follows up on its commitments to creating a digital single market for Europe and the Action Plan for a common VAT Area in the EU. The overall aim of the proposed measures is to create an even playing field between traditional business and e-commerce. VAT compliance costs should fall sharply.

The European Commission’s proposals specifically relate to:

  • new rules allowing companies that sell goods online, easily able to fulfill all their VAT obligations in the EU in one place;
  • simplification of the VAT rules for start-ups and micro-enterprises that sell online: under € 10,000 VAT on cross-border sales will be handled domestically. SMEs will then be able to use
  • simpler procedures for cross-border sales to € 100,000, which they can do business more easily;
  • measures to combat VAT fraud from outside the EU, which could distort the market and cause unfair competition; and
  • the possibility for Member States m to reduce VAT rates for e-publications such as e-books and online newspapers.

On 15 December 2016 at 15:00 CET, Stephen Dale, Partner and ITX Country Leader at PwC Société D’Avocats in France and Johnathan Davies, Director at PwC in the UK, two leading experts in this area, will be conducting a 30 minute global webcast to brief you on the following issues:

The Commission’s proposed measures including:

  • Extending the current One Stop Shop concept to all cross-border e-commerce, including distance sales
  • Introducing common EU-wide simplification measures to help small start-up e-commerce businesses,
  • Stream lining audits in this sector (home country audits), and
  • Removing the VAT exemption for the importation of small consignments from suppliers in third countries
  • Possible alignment of the VAT rates (reduced) on e-books and printed books
  • The potential impact of these measures on business
  • How these measures link with wider global developments in Indirect Tax.

There will be time for questions and answers with the speakers.

To Access the Webcast (Via PC or Mobile Device):

Click on the following link to open the webcast: https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1127777

Complete the required registration fields and select “Submit”. The webcast will open to enable you to view the presentation.

Audio for this webcast will be heard through your computer speakers. If you have problems hearing audio, please post a question in the Q&A box to alert the presenters.

A recorded version of the webinar will be available afterwards on the same link.

We do hope that you can join us!

About Zsolt Tenczer

Senior Manager PwC Switzerland email: zsolt.x.tenczer@ch.pwc.com Mobile: +41-79-580-5058 Office: +41-58-792-4560

I started my career at the Hungarian Tax Authority. Joined PwC in 1999 on top of the ebiz boom, when we thought online business will revolutionise the economy in 5 years. I specialized on VAT or more generally on indirect taxes. After several years spent in the Hungarian tax practice, I moved to Zurich, where I am working as a senior manager in the International VAT team and Network Driver for the Global Indirect Tax Network of PwC.