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28 Jul
EU China Taxation VAT

EU and China discuss trade, taxation and economic relations

The European Union and China held today (28 July) their 8th High-Level Trade and Economic Dialogue (HED). Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, accompanied by Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan, held the meeting via videoconference with Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He accompanied by several Vice-Ministers. The HED focused on the joint response to coronavirus and global economic governance […]

20 Feb
VAT European Council

VAT: European Council adopts simplified rules for small businesses

The European Council has just adopted simplified VAT rules applicable to small businesses. The new rules will apply as of 1 January 2025. The purpose of the new measures is to reduce the administrative burden and compliance costs for small enterprises and create a fiscal environment which will help small enterprises grow and trade across […]

17 Dec
VAT fraud

European Parliament backs measures to cut e-commerce VAT fraud

MEPs supported measures on Tuesday designed to fight e-commerce VAT evasion that would help cut some of the €137 billion lost each year across the EU to VAT fraud. The measures, contained in two pieces of legislation spearheaded through the Parliament by Lídia Perreira (EPP, PT) and debated on Monday, require payment service providers to […]

11 Nov
VAT European Union

European Council reaches provisional agreement on new rules for exchange of VAT payment data

The Council 8 November reached a general approach on a set of rules to facilitate detection of tax fraud in cross-border e-commerce transactions. The new rules will enable member states to collect, in a harmonised way, the records made electronically available by payment service providers, such as banks. In addition, a new central electronic system […]

05 Sep
VAT in European Union

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017

EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission today (5 September). The so-called ‘VAT Gap’ – or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected – has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high. […]

06 Nov
VAT european union

Electronic publications: European Council adopts reform allowing reduced VAT rates

On 6 November 2018, the Council adopted a directive allowing alignment of VAT rules for electronic and physical publications. From now on, member states will be able to apply reduced, super-reduced or zero VAT rates also to electronic publications. The adoption of the e-publication directive follows the political agreement reached by the Council on 2 […]

06 Apr

The ‘ne bis in idem’ principle may be limited for the purpose of protecting the financial interests of the EU and the financial markets thereof

The Court of Justice of the European Union considers that the ne bis in idem principle may be limited for the purpose of protecting the financial interests of the EU and the financial markets thereof. However, such a limitation must not exceed what is strictly necessary to achieve those objectives (Judgment of March, 20, 2018). […]


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