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Latest EU proposals concerning e-commerce

The e-Commerce VAT package of the EU introduces simplification measures for intra-EU sales of electronic services from 2019 onwards, and also extends by 2021 the Mini One-Stop Shop to a One Stop Shop. Furthermore, new rules for electronic interfaces such as marketplaces or platforms will be introduced, which deem them for VAT purposes (in certain scenarios) to be the supplier of goods sold to customers in the EU and make them collect and pay the VAT on these sales.

Detailed implementation rules have been published în December on:

  • the extension of the scope of the Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to all types of services as well as to intra-community distance sales of goods and distance sales of imported goods from third countries – turning the MOSS into a One Stop Shop; and
  • the introduction of special provisions applicable to operators of electronic marketplaces, platform, portal or similar means with the effect that the these persons may be deemed to have received and supplied the goods itself applying from 1 January 2021.

The Proposal is available via this LINK and contains more detailed explanations of the following specific provisions.

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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

EU – ECJ ruled Bitcoin exchange services to be VAT exempt

The Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its judgment earlier today in the long-awaited case on whether Bitcoin exchange services are considered to be VAT exempt services. The Court followed the earlier opinion of the Advocate General and confirmed that the exchange of Bitcoins into conventional currencies and vice versa in return for a exchange commission falls within the VAT exemption for transactions concerning currency, bank notes and coins used as legal tender provided by the European VAT Directive.

This judgment was made on the grounds that Bitcoin (as a virtual) currency has no other purpose than to be a means of payment and that it is accepted for that purpose by certain operations.

You can access the judgement here.

EU – Advocate General Opinion – Bitcoin dealing VAT-free as currency exchange?

ECJ Advocate General Kokott has recommended the Court to consider dealing in bitcoins for a commission to be a service exempt from VAT under the currency dealing provision (link – to the German version of the opinion. In English it is not yet available) .

A Swedish dealer in bitcoins (buying and selling bitcoins in exchange for Swedish kroner) was in dispute with the tax office over the VAT liability on the currency exchange. He maintained that he was providing a VAT exempt service of currency exchange, whereas the tax office disputed the point because bitcoins are not legal tender. It was also pointed out that bitcoins are not subject to any form of government supervision or control and offer no guarantee of continued usefulness to the holder. Find out more

EU Commission – revamped Taxation and Customs website

The EU Commission recently updated its Taxation and Customs Union website, which now offers a way better overview. At first sight it also seems that you need to spend less time on researching the website for what you are looking for and it provides easier access to information. You can check the VAT section here, including a good repository of all documents relating to the B2C 2015 changes.

EU – VAT Committee issued its Working Paper on the scope of the notion of electronically supplied services

The Belgian tax authorities submitted questions to the VAT Committee regarding the notion of electronically supplied services as referred to in the EU VAT Directive and the Implementing Regulation, the possible interaction of this type of services with other services and the issue of VAT exemption of such services.

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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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