03.01.2018

VAT Rules for EU Online Distance Sellers

Updates for the EU E-commerce VAT legislation.

EU VAT update Ecommerce

It was recently announced that the European Union has adopted a set of proposals aimed at simplifying VAT rules for e-commerce businesses i.e. those involved in distance sales online.

Taxback International recently reported on the global update of VAT for eCommerce, discussing the European Commission publishing proposals, aimed at simplifying VAT rules for e-commerce business.

These new measures build on the European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe. More information has now been release regarding the VAT rules being adopted.

From January 1st 2021, there will be an introduction of the 'Maxi One Stop Shop' (MOSS) - allowing business to account for VAT due on supplies of goods and services in other Member States - via a single portal located in their home Member State.

The EU are also planning on making online platforms liable for collecting VAT on the distance sales that they facilitate. The annual €10,000 threshold will apply from 1st January 2019 at which point e-services suppliers will be allowed to use invoicing rules applicable in their own Member State rather than those of the Member State of the customer.

These latest changes represent the next significant shift in EU taxation and reporting rules following the various changes introduced by the 2010 'VAT Package', culminating in the 2015 changes to the place of supply of B2C telecommunications and e-services, which included a 'Mini One Stop Shop' (MOSS) via which businesses can account for the VAT due on such supplies in other Member States via a single electronic portal in their home Member State.

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