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EU 2015 VAT Changes – Results of PwC’s 2015 Impact and Readiness Survey

As indicated at our recent B2C 2015 work group event in Brussels PwC recently conducted a “2015 Impact and Readiness Survey” for which we invited businesses from across all sectors (telecom, broadcasting and eservice providers) and all geographical regions.We launched this survey with the aim of gathering data on the impact of the EU 2015 VAT changes on affected businesses. The survey also testes how ready businesses feel to be able to deal with the imminent changes.

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Featured article: Taxation of B2C Telecom Broadcasting and Electronic Services under EU VAT from 2015

On 21 June 2013, the European Council reached political agreement on implementing rules for taxing B2C telecommunications, broadcasting and electronically supplied services from 1 January 2015.

In this article, Sophie Claessens and Ine Lejeune give an overview of the new implementing provisions and what additional guidance can be expected from the Explanatory Notes that are currently being drafted by the European Commission.

Publisher/Publication: IBFD, International VAT Monitor, 2014 (Volume 25), No. 1; first published online on 16 January 2014.

Featured article: EU – small change, big impact

The start of 2015 will bring the biggest single change to the EU VAT regime that telecom operators, broadcasters and others that provide eservices have seen in decades.

The legislation is expected to have a profound impact on e-services providers, particularly on their pricing and commercial strategy. As providers of these services take steps to adapt to the new legislation, the result will be either a sharp increase in the prices charged to many consumers or a cut in suppliers’ profit margins – neither of which is a desirable outcome.

In practice, companies based in the EU will be affected the most, as the rules change mostly for those suppliers. The changes will also affect non-EU suppliers. The legislation is expected to have a profound impact on eservices providers, particularly on their pricing and commercial strategy

Stephen Dale, Martin Blanche and Johnathan Davies provide an overview on the changes the new EU VAT rules will bring to telecom operators, broadcasters and other providers of eservices from 1 January 2015. Their article “EU: small change, big impact” (originally published in Tax planning international – Indirect taxes: Volume 11, Number 10, October 2013) focuses on possible outcomes for eservice providers.

GlobalVATOnline: New 2015 B2C module!

We are pleased to present our new 2015 module on GlobalVATOnline (GVO), which has been launched ahead of the EU VAT change on 1 January 2015 when B2C supplies of telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services made by EU based companies will change from being taxed where the supplier belongs to being taxed according to the VAT rates applicable where the customer is located or is normally resident.

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Feautured article: Tax Planning International: Indirect Taxes – World Wide VAT forum: E-commerce

In April 2013 we have organized a workshop for our clients where we have presented the current and future ecommerce legislation in Switzerland, Europe and worldwide, discussed tax related trends among ecommerce businesses and tax authorities and presented our vies of the future cross-border tax and business implications for ecommerce. We have spent quite some time discussing how the ecommerce tax compliance will need to be modernized and automatized in order to meet the requirements of the ecommerce businesses of tomorrow and presented our vision on how to meet this goal of automated, scalable, seamless and affordable tax compliance service offering.

As a follow-up to the workshop we have prepared and publicized an article in the May 2013 edition of Tax Planning International: Indirect Taxes. For your convenience you can download its copy here.

Featured: EU 2015 B2C VAT changes – it’s sooner than you think!

On 1 January 2015 the final phase of the so-called VAT package will come into force and will involve important changes in the VAT treatment of intra-EU business-to-consumer (‘B2C’) supplies in relation to telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services.

From that moment on, all telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services provided to non-taxable persons will be taxable at the place where the customer is established, has his permanent address or usually resides. Affected businesses will therefore be required to charge, report and pay local VAT in every Member State in which they have customers, which may result in multiple VAT-registrations throughout the EU.

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Featured: China – The Great Leap Online

China’s sustained economic expansion over the past three decades has created an entire generation of new consumers. February 2013 issue of PwC’s r&c worlds Express update sheds light on Chinese consumers’ online shopping habits, based on the responses of 900 Chinese shoppers to a recent PwC survey. The Chinese consumers in our survey exhibit unique shopping patterns; for example, shopping far more often and using more on-the-go technology than survey respondents in the West.

The Chinese shoppers are adopting the Internet as a retail channel much faster than their global peers and running ahead of the pack in terms of using new devices and social media. Find out more