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UK Bridge is VAT exempt sport - EU legal counsel

The European Court of Justice, ECJ, Attorney General (AG), has today advised that the card game Bridge, is considered a sport and therefore no VAT is due on tournament or club membership fees. UK cou...Continued

Gibraltar loses tax ruling at EU

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has today ruled against Gibraltar’s appeal to have it exempted from the UK’s 15% gambling tax.  This set-back for the island’s burgeoning offshore gambling sector w...Continued

UK DUP tourism VAT demands

Following the June 8 UK election, the Conservative party is negotiating an alliance with the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to form the next government. The DUP’s election manifes...Continued

EU mulls marketplace Chinese VAT liability shift

The EU Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) has proposed to make online marketplaces liable for VAT on goods sold on their portals by non-EU merchants. The obligation woul...Continued

Poland extends SAF-T to bank accounts

Poland has proposed extend its existing Standard Audit File for Tax (SAF-T) VAT transaction reporting obligations to include daily bank transactions. The proposed implementation date is 1 September 20...Continued

SNP tourism VAT cut call

The SNP has called this week in its UK election manifesto for a VAT cut to tourism industry.  This has long been rejected by the UK government which controls UK-wide policy under EU laws.  However, fo...Continued

Italy delays new VAT return

Italy has announced that the deadline for the submission of the new quarterly VAT return has been extended to 12 June 2017.  The deadline was 31 May 2017. The new return requires VAT registered bus...Continued

EU legal blow to reverse charge fraud measures

Lawyers to the European Council of Ministers have alegedly cast doubt on a proposal to introduce a voluntary reverse charge mechanism to combat VAT fraud.  The measures were to be introduced until 202...Continued

Slovakia VAT update

Slovakia has proposed several changes to its VAT laws which come into effect on 1 January 2018, including: The right for the tax authorities to seek a €1,000 VAT deposit for non-incorporated pers...Continued

French new VAT software obligations Jan 2018

France has introduced anti-VAT fraud software requirements which are to be implemented from January 2018.  This includes using certified, secure software for recording all customer payments – includin...Continued