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    Portugal B2G E-Invoicing Rules Take Effect in January – Reflecting a Larger Trend for Tax

    Europe’s oldest country has become the newest European Union (EU) member to embrace electronic invoicing. While the rules currently apply only to business-to-government (B2G) transactions, recent shifts by other EU members, such as Italy, raise the question of whether Portugal will become the next EU country to move to much broader e-invoicing requirements for value added tax (VAT).

    Pass or Fail: How Will European Online Sellers Fare on this Post-Wayfair Quiz?

    Here’s a pop quiz for tax professionals in Europe-based companies that sell online to consumers in other European Union (EU) countries: If your company’s online sales exceed a country’s annual revenue threshold for distance selling, does your company need to register for value added tax (VAT) in that country?

    Why Wayfair Matters to Europe’s Remote Sellers

    When it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Wayfair decision, online sellers based in Europe and beyond would do well to heed this advice: “Click it or Ticket!”

    U.K. Moving Toward Digital Taxation

    Britain wants to abolish tax returns. Back in 2015, the government announced it would spend more than £1 billion to transform Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) into one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world.

    Sales Tax vs. VAT, Part 2: Services and Rates

    In most U.S. jurisdictions, sales tax generally applies to the sale of goods – that is, to “tangible personal property” – unless a specific exemption exists. Services are generally, but not always, exempted from sales and use tax.

    Sales Tax vs. VAT, Part 1: Scope

    As more companies expand their global reach, more tax functions take on additional compliance responsibilities. Oftentimes, these requirements relate to tax categories that specialists within tax functions possess relatively little familiarity with.

    Bahrain to Move Ahead with VAT Under GCC Plan

    The Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) plan to introduce a VAT system across all six member states – Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – received a much-needed boost in February when Bahrain’s Minister of Finance, Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, said his country plans to move ahead with the new tax.

    Real-Time Digital Reporting is Really Hungary

    The digital taxation trend is gaining even more momentum. Hungary’s tax authority has settled on new rules that require “real” real-time value added tax (VAT) invoice submissions for certain transactions, using XML messages. The rules are expected to be formally finalized in mid-April and then slated to take effect July 1.

    EU VAT Management

    Last fall, the European Commission unveiled a package of proposals detailing its plans for an all-encompassing reform of its VAT rules that have been in place for 25 years.

    You Know US Tax Reform—How About EU VAT Reform?

    While the attention of U.S. tax leaders (and many in other countries around the world) has been glued to U.S. corporate tax reform, similarly momentous valued added tax (VAT) system reform is progressing in the European Union (EU).

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