Navigating the EU VAT’s Road to E-Compliance

In this Tax Notes International article, Vertex VAT Director Peter Boerhof examines the use of electronic invoicing and compliance measures for the EU VAT, reviewing the common e-compliance models and examining the challenges and benefits of moving to electronic systems, especially in response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even as recently as 2008, businesses in the EU were filing paper returns to satisfy VAT compliance requirements. At that time, only a few countries had begun to use electronic invoicing. Fast forward to 2020, and e-compliance requirements for VAT — including continuous transaction control (CTC) — seem likely to become the new normal both in and outside the EU.

While this dramatic shift was underway before the onset of COVID-19, the economic distress caused by the global pandemic is likely to accelerate the implementation of e-compliance requirements in most, if not all, EU member states. Thus, it is critical that business and tax leaders understand the various forms of e-compliance requirements, the key factors driving the adoption trend, and the challenges that can complicate compliance with these new rules. 

In this article, Peter addresses the following questions and more:

  1. What are the e-compliance models?
  2. What are the pros and cons of pre-filled reports?
  3. How is e-compliance developing?
  4. What are the key compliance challenges?

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