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EC to consider overhaul of EU VAT number format system


EC to consider overhaul of EU VAT number format system

The European Union’s Commission (EC) is undertaking an extensive review of the European VAT number format and identification regime. The aim is improve EU VAT compliance system and tax collections.

The proposed tax identification number system (EU TIN) was identified by the EC as requiring review in last December’s Action Plan against fraud and evasion. It is the EU’s ambition to strengthen this system across all 27 member states to facilitate better capture of unpaid taxes. Currently each country has a varying VAT number format which makes the complete recording and comparison of taxpayer details challenging for IT systems.

Simultaneously, the EC has also launched a process to review and harmonise the existing national taxpayers’ codes of conduct, which detail the rights of taxpayers nationally and on cross-border transactions.


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.