A pat on the back to Dorte whose professionalism and courteousness were most welcome. Without her coaxing, I'd probably have not completed my request in time.
The standard rate of VAT in Greece increases from 23% to 24% with effect from 1st June 2016
The VAT rate on catering services in the Czech Republic will be reduced from 21% to 15% with effect from 1st December 2016
The VAT rate on restaurant services in Portugal will decrease from 23% to 13% with effect from 1st July 2016
The reduced VAT rate in Norway increases from 8% to 10% with effect from 1st January 2016
The Austrian VAT rate on the rental of accomodation will increase from 10% to 13% with effect from 1st May 2016.
With effect from 1st January 2016 the reduced VAT rate of 10% will increase to 13% for internal flights, entry to certain events and the supply of agricultural products.
Romania will reduce its standard rate of VAT from 24% to 20% with effect from 1st January 2016 with a further reduction to 19% with effect from 1st January 2017
The proposal to increase the Italian standard rate of VAT from 22% to 24% from 1st January 2016 has been postponed until 1st January 2017
With effect from 1st January 2015 the standard VAT rate in Iceland is 24%, previously 25.5%.
At the same time the reduced rate increased from 7% to 11%
The standard rate of VAT in Luxembourg increased from 15% to 17% on 1st January 2015. At the same time the reduced rates increased from 12% to 14% and from 6% to 8% respectively.
A proposal has been made to increase the Portuguese standard VAT rate from 23% to 23.25% with effect from 1st January 2015
Businesses in a limited number of countries can now claim a refund of VAT paid in Serbia.
The standard rate of VAT in Slovenia now stands at 22% with the main reduced rate at 9.5%
The standard VAT rate in Cyprus now stands at 19% The reduced rates are now of 5% and 9%.
The standard rate of VAT in the Czech Republic has increased from 20% to 21% and the reduced VAT rate has also increased from 14% to 15%.
It is proposed that with effect from 1st December 2012 non-UK businesses must register for UK VAT if they make any supplies in the UK. This will mean that a foreign exhibitor at a trade show must register for UK VAT if selling goods from their stand, as would overseas companies making occasional sales in the UK. The draft proposal is available at http://bit.ly/xtoo0u
The European Commission has issued a set of explanatory notes ahead of implementation of the new Invoicing Directive (2010/45/EU) on 1 January 2013. The notes cover a number of important topics, such as which Member States rules will apply, e-invoicing and storage, and invoicing for exempt supplies. The notes are aimed at helping Member States transpose the new invoicing legislation in a more uniform way and providing business with the necessary information to adapt to the new rules in time. The notes are available at: http://bit.ly/mZbeGX
The ECJ has held that a person’s personal residence should not normally be taken into account when deciding where a taxable person has established their business.
The UK tax authorities have launched a campaign to find businesses that have not registered for VAT even though their turnover exceeds the registration limit of £73,000 p. a.
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