On December 15, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the European Commission discussing the significant challenges businesses face when implementing VAT rate changes. The letter also recommends the creation of a common protocol for VAT rate changes in the EU that would include minimum advance notice, common transitional rules, and alignment between effective dates and established VAT reporting periods.
The letter was prepared under the aegis of TEI's European Indirect Tax Committee, whose chair is Jean-Francois Turgeon of Caterpillar SARL. Materially contributing to the development of TEI's comments fellow committee member Jeroen Tinholt. Daniel B. De Jong of the Institute's legal staff coordinated the development of the Institute's comments.