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ViDA: Potential Delay in VAT Changes for the Digital Age

  • The European Commission proposed the “VAT in the Digital Age” initiative (ViDA) in 2022 to make changes to VAT rules.
  • The first changes were planned to take effect in January 2025, but unanimity from Member States is required.
  • The Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs has recommended postponing most aspects of ViDA for at least one year due to ongoing delays in the legislative process.
  • The recommendation was nearly unanimously voted for and is non-binding.
  • Stakeholders are concerned about the timeline, especially regarding electronic invoicing standards and digital reporting requirements.
  • The delay may reflect a lack of consensus on harmonized e-invoicing requirements.
  • If adopted, the revised launch dates for ViDA will be in 2025 and 2026 for various provisions.
  • The Committee’s recommendation is subject to further changes, but ViDA has a significant scope and would impact many taxpayers in the European Union.


Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.


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