Ecuador Publishes Circular on 0% VAT Rate for Artistic and Cultural Services

The Ecuador Internal Revenue Service (SRI) has published Circular No. NAC-DGECCGC19-00000004 of 13 September 2019 on the application of a 0% VAT rate for certain artistic and cultural services with effect from 1 September 2019.
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Quick Fixes implemented in the National Legislation

On the 4th of October 2019, five legal notices indicated below have been published, transposing these provisions into the national legislation. They shall all enter in force on 1st January 2020: LN 251 of 2019 – Value Added Tax Act (Amendment...

Scam Letters Alert for VAT Registered Persons

A number of taxpayers have received a letter from an entity called ‘VRE’, in which they are asking Maltese VAT registered persons to input the VAT number in the letter, sign and return such letter to a PO Box address in Germany...

Consultation amendments to the VAT act regarding Quick Fixes (and VAT registration rules)

Bulgaria has tabled for consultation amendments to the value-added tax act regarding the country’s VAT registration rules.

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