Revised e-business regulations in South Africa will become effective from April 2019

Changes are expected from April 2019 concerning the taxation of electronic services in South Africa. All non-resident suppliers of e-services (if not specifically excluded from the revised regulations) will have a potential VAT registration liability in South Africa if the total value of their supplies exceeds R1 million (approx. 70’000 USD) in any twelve-month period.

For further details, please see the tax alert from PwC South Africa:

https://www.pwc.co.za/en/assets/pdf/taxalert/tax-alert-vat-treatment-of-supply-of-electronic-services.pdf

 

Australia’s framework questions for a possible digital tax

The   Australian Treasury released its digital economy tax discussion paper:
Comments are due 30 November 2018. The key substantive sections seem to be located in the Appendix, which sets out some of the items being considered in terms of potential unilateral “interim” measures pending broader OECD alignment – both digital advertising and online marketplace operators are mentioned as potential target taxpayers/services and a digital services tax or some similar type of tax on revenue is certainly being considered closely. 
Please see further details in PwC Australia’s information leaflet:

New Zealand – Low value goods – NZ’s new GST dimension in the global economy

A significant GST matter reflecting brave new policy globally

The NZ Government announced last week that it is seeking consultation on the best way to collect GST on online purchases, by private NZ consumers, of imported low value goods (LVGs) under NZ$400 (approx. USD 280). If enacted, the new rules will apply from 1 October 2019.

This is a significant issue which has been discussed by the OECD, governments and regulators around the world. If enacted as currently proposed, the new LVG rules will be broadly consistent with the introduction of NZ’s remote services rules (implemented in October 2016).

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New QST registration rules for digital supplies by non-resident suppliers

The March 27, 2018 Québec budget proposes to expand the mandatory Québec Sales Tax (QST) registration rules for non-residents of Québec making digital supplies to Québec recipients. Specifically, registration will be required for: 

  • non-residents of Canada that make supplies of incorporeal moveable property (IPP) and services to specified Québec consumers
  • residents of Canada that reside outside Québec and make supplies of corporeal moveable property, IPP and services to specified Québec consumers.

For further Information, please see the attached Newsletter.

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Webcast: South Africa – VAT on the supply of electronic services -proposed reforms

We are delighted to invite you to our next global indirect tax webcast :

South Africa: VAT on the supply of electronic services -proposed reforms

Date: 9 April 2018

Time 3pm BST, 10am Eastern

South Africa has proposed extensive reforms for electronic services supplies (“ESS”) which were announced in the draft electronic services Regulation on 21 February 2018. The draft regulation would repeal the current Regulation that sets out those services that are regarded as “electronic services”. The new Regulation if enacted will come into effect on 1 October 2018.

In this webcast we’ll focus on the following aspects:

  • The current electronic services Regulation
  • Proposed changes to the Regulation and a discussion on  which services may now fall under ESS
  • Who is required to register and account for VAT in South Africa?: The concept of electronic agent, B2B/B2C distinction

We will also discuss other aspects that businesses need to consider including the VAT registration process and filing timeframes.

You will also be able to ask the panel questions during this live webcast.

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

We do hope you can join us.

When
Mon 9 Apr 2018 15:00 – 15:30 London

European Commission proposes new rules on the taxation of the digital economy

Following years of changes in the indirect tax area, now also from direct tax side comes an EU proposal that will bring significant changes in the taxation of online businesses. Both the draft directive concerning long-term solution and the interim solution could bring radical changes for companies with a “significant digital presence”.

Please see PwC Newsletter for further detail

PwC Newsalert EUDTG

 

New Zealand – update by Eugen Trombitas (PwC global ITX e-commerce leader)

Remote services

The NZ remote services (RS) rules have been in force since 1 October 2016 and are regarded as a remarkable success by NZ Inland Revenue. Over 150 offshore sellers have registered and more than NZ$125 million of annual GST has been generated – the GST collected is more than 4 times the original estimates. NZ Inland Revenue deserves credit for the informative education campaign on the RS rules and efficient service when the rules first came in.

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Registration liability in Switzerland for ebiz providers

The Swiss VAT law was recently changed. From 1 January 2018 onwards, any person or business with global turnover of CHF 100’000 or more may be liable to VAT starting from the first Swiss franc of turnover in Switzerland. This means that if you want to continue doing business in Switzerland, you need to register with the tax authority.

If you are looking for a solution that allows you to continue doing business in Switzerland without breaking the bank, PwC’s Smart VAT may be the right option for you. PwC’s Smart VAT is an online platform that allows you to do the following:

  • Register for Swiss VAT and obtain a Swiss VAT number
  • Appoint PwC as your fiscal representative to deal with the tax authority.
  • Register for filing the quarterly Swiss VAT returns by electronic means
  • Prepare quarterly VAT returns for electronic filing
  • Access letters and queries from the tax authority and provide your replies

 

EU Parliament voted for reduced rate on e-books

The European Parliament has backed, by 590 votes to 8 with 10 abstentions, the EU Commission’s proposal to bring the VAT treatment of electronic publications into line with those publications to which the Member States can apply a reduced rate. The proposal now requires unanimous approval by the EU Council.

You can find further Information on the vote in the attached proposal (see below link) and on the European Parliament’s Website.

Reduced rate on e-books

Australian GST changes from 1 July 2017

1 July 2017, supplies of things other than goods or real property made to an ‘Australian consumer’ will be connected with Australia and subject to GST. The Australian provisions are broader than some other jurisdictions and essentially anything other than goods or real property are caught, and if an entity’s GST turnover exceeds the registration turnover threshold of AUD 75,000, it would be required to register for GST in Australia. Non-resident suppliers will be able to access a limited and simplified GST registration, although they can also register under the full registration procedure.

Where supplies of inbound intangibles are made through an Electronic Distribution Platform (EDP), the GST liability on these supplies would shift to the operator of the EDP (i.e. generally, online marketplaces that act as intermediaries). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a draft Law Companion Guideline (LCG 2017/D4) dealing with the EDP provisions.

In addition, under proposals still before Parliament (the Treasury Laws Amendment (Goods and Services Tax (GST) Low Value Goods) Bill 2017), low-value goods (AUD 1,000 and under) supplied by overseas retailers to Australian consumers would become taxable supplies  beginning 1 July 2017. The Bill was referred to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee which recommended that the implementation of the measures be delayed to 1 July 2018. The Bill is listed to be debated in Parliament in June 2017.

Please see the attached newsletter for further details.

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