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EU to audit VAT recovery

  • Feb 15, 2018 | Richard Asquith

EU to audit VAT recovery

The European Commission has launched an audit of the foreign VAT recovery administration of the EU 28 member states.

The EC is anxious to see if countries are providing an adequate and efficient cash refund for companies incurring foreign EU VAT on company expenses. It is concerned that delays act as a disincentive to cross-border trade and the promotion of the Single Market.

The review will last eight months, and include a review of compliance with the EU 8th Directive on VAT recovery and the European Court of Justice. Any material breaches could result in the EC launching infringement procedures against and state.


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 can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.