South Africa: VAT registration of foreign ecommerce service suppliers as of 1 January 2014

As of 1 January 2o14 all non-South African suppliers of ecommerce services will be required to register as VAT vendors in South Africa and account for output VAT on its supplies to South African residents.

E-commerce services are defined in the South African VAT Act to include any supply of services where the placing of the order and delivery of the service is made electronically.

The VAT registration requirement for a non-resident supplier of ecommerce services is triggered by either the supply of such services to a South African resident recipients (either B2B or B2C) or where payment is affected from a South African registered bank.

The level of supplies made by the non-resident in South Africa is irrelevant, meaning that there is no minimal turnover threshold and the obligation to VAT register arises from the very first South African Rand generated with e-service to SA based clients.

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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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France moves closer to taxing the digital economy

The digital economy has revolutionized traditional ways of conducting business around the world, while international tax rules have been slow to adapt to this new business environment. Many countries have started discussing ways to address this situation. At the international level, the recent G8 Summit held in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, on 17 and 18 June, 2013, the upcoming OECD action plan on BEPS expected in July 2013 and the next G20 summit in September will likely provide additional guidance and proposals on the taxation of digital economies.

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EU: B2C 2015 VAT Changes – Implementing Regulation adopted in Ecofin last Friday

We are happy to announce that the EU Ecofin Council reached political agreement on the proposal for VAT implementing Regulation on B2C 2015 place of supply issues, in a meeting in Luxembourg last Friday 21 June.

It will apply as from 1 January 2015. It will be officially released in the next weeks after clean up and translation to the EU official languages.

Important to note is that this Implementing Regulation has direct effect and does not need to be implemented/transposed by the EU Member States in their national VAT legislation (primary, secondary or administrative guidance).

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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.

USA: West Virginia – Affiliate nexus adopted for sales and use tax to cover also Internet-based business

Effective January 1, 2014, West Virginia expands the definition of a “retailer engaging in business in this state” for sales and use tax purposes to include affiliates which operate a website or Internet business within the state.  Specifically, “any retailer that is related to, or part of a unitary business with, a person, entity or business that . . . is a subsidiary of the retailer, or is related to, or unitary with, the retailer as a related entity, a related member or part of a unitary business” that meets one of the following criteria will be required to collect and remit taxes in West Virginia: Find out more

USA: Senate passes Marketplace Fairness Act with amendment

As reported, the US Senate on May 6 passed, by a vote of 69-27, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which provides that full member states of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and non-member states that meet certain minimum simplification requirements may require remote sales tax collection. The Senate also passed a perfecting amendment by a vote of 70-24.

In detail

S. 743 is identical to the original version of the bill, S. 336, introduced on February 2. The legislation grants remote seller collection authority to states that are full members of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA). States that are not SSUTA Find out more

Montenegro: Proposed VAT rate increase from 1 July 2013

The government proposes a 2% increase in the standard VAT rate from 17% to 19% in Montenegro. If the proposal is accepted by the Parliament, the VAT rate increases will take effect from 1 July 2013.

What does it mean for you

We recommend reviewing the VAT implications on your business operations in Montenegro due to these changes, to ensure full compliance with regard to VAT rules, rates and regulations. Systems must be adjusted and contracts may need to be reviewed. Please see news update on PwC’s GlobalVATOnline here.

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Slovenia – VAT rate increase with effect from 1 July 2013

The Slovenian Parliament has approved an increase in the standard and reduces VAT rates. Subject to the approval from the National Council, the increases will be effective from 1 July 2013, as follows:

  • Standard VAT rate: from 20% to 22%;
  • Reduced VAT rate: from 8.5% to 9.5%;

No changes have been made to the list of goods/services which are subject to the reduced VAT rate.

What does it mean for you

We recommend reviewing the VAT implications on your business operations in Slovenia due to these changes, to ensure full compliance with regard to VAT rules, rates and Find out more