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VAT rules for e-commerce: Really a simplification?

Fernando Matesanz of Spanish VAT Services considers whether the VAT regulations for e-commerce will really simplify things for companies.

Source International Tax Review

Note from the editors: In some cases, the new e-commerce rules are certainly not an improvement. Unclarity on the definition of a distance sale, discriminatory threshold of EUR 150 for non-EU sellers, easy abuse of iOSS numbers, increased costs for consumers, adjustments of systems and invoicing for sellers, confusion about VAT rates, etc. As mentioned in this article, the main advantage is for tax authorities, to easily collect VAT. The burden, as usual, is for the businesses, the unpaid tax collectors for the EU…


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