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Amending VAT rules on distance sales [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Angelos Delivorias (2nd edition),

Updated on 15.02.2018

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Since 1 January 2015, for some mobile transactions linked to telecommunications, broadcasting and electronically supplied services to non-taxable persons (business-to-consumer, B2C), the destination principle is applicable for value added tax – i.e. the VAT should be paid to the Member State where the consumer is located, via the mini-one-stop-shop (MOSS) portal. In its VAT digital single market package, published on 1 December 2016, the Commission proposed to extend payment possibilities through MOSS to online supply of goods and cross-border services to final consumers. The portal would also be extended to include payment for imports of small consignments of a value not exceeding €150.

The directive, significantly amended, was adopted by the Council – after consulting the European Parliament– on 5 December 2017. It is accompanied by Council Regulation 2017/2454. See also our separate briefing on the parallel dossier on improving administrative cooperation on VAT issues: 2016/0371(CNS).

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Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC and Directive 2009/132/EC as regards certain value added tax obligations for supplies of services and distance sales of goods
Committee responsible: Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) COM(2016) 757 of 01.12.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0370(CNS)

Consultation procedure (CNS) – Parliament adopts only a non-binding opinion

Rapporteur: Cătălin Sorin Ivan (S&D, Romania)
Shadow rapporteurs:







Werner Langen (EPP, Germany)

Bernd Lucke (ECR, Germany)

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (ALDE, the Netherlands)

Paloma López Bermejo (GUE/NGL, Spain)

Molly Scott Cato (Greens/EFA, United Kingdom)

Barbara Kappel (ENF, Austria)

Procedure completed. Directive (EU) 201/2455
OJ L 348, 29.12.2017, pp. 7-22

timeline 7 steps finished - adoption by council


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