TEI Responds to the European Commission’s Public Consultation Regarding the Definitive VAT System for Business to Business Intra-EU Transactions on Goods
On September 29, 2016, TEI filed a submission responding to the British Columbia Commission on Tax Competitiveness's call for feedback on how to improve BC's competitiveness. TEI's submission follows and builds upon its May 2016 liaison meeting with representatives from the BC Ministry of Finance Tax Programs and Tax Policy branches. TEI's principal recommendation is for BC to replace its current PST with a made-in BC value-added tax. TEI alternatively recommends several administrative and revenue-related changes to BC's provincial sales and carbon taxes.
TEI Urges the Council of the European Union to Adopt Revised Rules Clearly Setting out the VAT Treatment for Vouchers
On December 18, 2015, TEI submitted a letter to the Council of the European Union urging it to adopt revised rules setting out the value-added tax treatment for vouchers. The European Commission adopted a proposal to amend Directive 2006/112/EC, which addresses the common system of VAT in the European Union, as to the treatment of vouchers, in May 2012.
TEI Responds to the European Commission's Public Consultation on the Modernization of VAT on Cross Border E-Commerce Transactions in the European Union
On December 18, 2015, TEI submitted a letter responding to the European Commission's Public Consultation on the modernization of VAT on cross border e-commerce transactions in the European Union. The Commission requested input from business and other interested parties to inform legislative proposals the Commission will draft to simplify value-added taxes on cross-border e-commerce transactions in the EU.
TEI Comments on International VAT/GST Guidelines Addressing the Place of Taxation for Business-to-Consumer Supplies of Services and Intangibles and Supporting Provisions
On February 19, 2015, TEI submitted comments to the OECD regarding two new draft elements of the International VAT/GST Guidelines, entitled Guidelines on Place of Taxation for Business-to-Consumer Supplies of Services and Intangibles and Provisions on Supporting the Guidelines in Practice (Draft Guidelines). TEI's comments emphasized the benefits of a simplified registration and compliance regime for non-resident suppliers of business-to-consumer services and intangibles, as well as the importance of clear guidance from tax authorities to facilitate compliance.
On July 14, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) addressing new rules affecting foreign-based supplies of electronic services. The letter identified several areas where further guidance or amendments to the rules would assist businesses and SARS.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 were Julien Brugere of Time Warner Inc. and Lynne Clare of Sony Corporate Services Europe Ltd. Daniel B.
On June 5, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the European Commission recommending areas where additional guidance would help businesses and tax authorities implement recent amendments to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 282/2011. The new rules for determining the place of supply for VAT purposes within the EU for sales of services connected with immovable property will take effect on January 1, 2017.
On March 6, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the European Commission urging the creation of a web portal that would provide a repository for current VAT rules of the EU Member States. This critical tool would greatly assist businesses in their efforts to comply with VAT obligations in the EU.
On May 10, 2013, TEI submitted the following comments to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on the Draft Consolidated Version of the International VAT/GST Guidelines. These comments follow letters submitted by TEI on previously released VAT/GST guidelines and related commentary filed on March 31, 2010 and September 26, 2012. The Institute's letter praised the work of the OECD and urged clarification on rules applicable to determining the place of supply for cross-border sales of services and intangibles.