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Low Value VAT Exemption

Removal of Low Value VAT Exemption for Imports

Elizabeth Wilson 7 December 2016 No comments

As part of the European Commission’s measures to improve the VAT environment for e-commerce businesses, the EC has set out their plans to take action against VAT fraud committed by businesses outside the EU by proposing to remove the low value VAT exemption on imports. Currently, small consignments and packages valued at €22 or less…

New UK VAT rules for online marketplaces traders

What the proposed e-commerce VAT rules mean for business

Ryan Bevan 2 December 2016 No comments

  Yesterday’s announcement by the EU that it is proposing to simplify VAT for e-commerce businesses (see our earlier article) should certainly be welcomed. The Commission has taken on board and is looking to address many of the issues arising from the changes to the VAT rules on supplies of e-services to consumers that came…

VAT rates for e-books

Update on EU plans for reduced VAT rates for e-books

Ryan Bevan 16 November 2016 No comments

  Further to the European Commission’s Action Plan on VAT a public consultation on reduced VAT rates for e-books and other electronically supplied publications was held earlier this year. The Commission has now published a report summarising the responses received. 862 responses were received in total. 50% were from readers, 251 responses were from businesses…

New UK VAT rules for online marketplaces traders

New UK VAT laws apply to online marketplace traders

Ryan Bevan 22 September 2016 No comments

  New HMRC powers to tackle VAT non-compliant overseas businesses trading via online marketplaces   A strengthening of HMRC’s powers to tackle non-compliant overseas businesses selling goods to UK consumers via online marketplaces came into effect last week, following Royal Assent of Finance Bill 2016. Overseas businesses selling goods located in the UK via online…


Luxembourg doubles planned VAT increase

Ryan Bevan 29 January 2014 No comments

Luxembourg has updated its plans to raise VAT to compensate for the 2015 change in the EU B2C digital VAT rules. Its standard VAT rate will rise 2% to 17% (instead of the previously announced 1% rise). The reduced VAT rates of 12% and 6% will rise to 14% and 8%, respectively. There will be…


VAT Rates changes that took effect in the EU – Jan 2013

Ryan Bevan 21 March 2013 No comments

  France – w.e.f. 1 January 2014 Standard rate increases from 19.6% to 20% Reduced rate 1 increases from 7% to 10% Reduced rate 2 unchanged at 5.5% Reduced rate 3 unchanged at 2.1% NB: Infringement proceedings have commenced against France for their use of the 5.5% VAT rate on e-books. The European Commission claims…