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Denmark extends VAT reverse charge

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  • 27 February 2014 | Richard Asquith

Denmark extends VAT reverse charge

Denmark has become the latest country to extend its VAT reverse charge to domestic supplies of high value goods.

Denmark acts on VAT fraud

From the 1 July 2014, domestic B2B supplies of mobile phones, games machines, laptops, tablets and computer chips will be exempt from VAT at 25%.  Instead, the customer will become liable to record the VAT sale and purchase as a single transaction in their VAT return.  There will therefore be no cash transaction.

The extension of the reverse charge has been applied to counter a recent increase in VAT fraud on high-value, low-volume goods in Denmark.

The Danes are taking advantage of the EU’s new rapid response VAT fraud mechanism, introduced in 2013 following major frauds across the European Union.  Typically this involves criminals buying up computer chips and mobile phones and claiming to sell them to customers at zero VAT.  This enables them to reclaim the input VAT on the purchases since the sales are exempt as intra-community supplies.  However, they are actually selling the goods locally, charging VAT but then disappearing without paying over the sales VAT.  This is known as missing trader fraud.

Retail sales to individuals will remain subject to Danish VAT.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.