On Oct 24, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released guidance on how countries can implement effective VAT collection systems for cross-border trade, particularly concerning digital/electronic supplies. The guidance, which is entitled, Mechanisms for the Effective Collection of VAT/GST, relates mostly to design options for effective VAT collection mechanisms and registration systems.
This new advice falls closely on the heals of the release of their final report on the Action Plan for Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, including Action #1 which provided advice on the effective application of VAT to cross-border digital supplies. Businesses should take note, as Action #1, directly or indirectly, resulted in changes to the taxation of B2C electronic commerce in multiple countries across the globe.
For more information, stay tuned for a blog to be published by Sovos' Matthew Walsh.
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Charles Maniace is the Director of Regulatory Analysis at Sovos. An attorney by trade, Chuck leads a team of attorneys and tax professionals responsible for all the tax and regulatory content that keeps Sovos clients continually complaint. Over his 15 year career in tax and regulatory automation, he has given talks and presentations on a variety of topics including The Taxation of High Tech Transactions, The Taxation of Remote Commerce, The Regulatory Implications of Brexit, The Rise of E-Audits, Form 1042-S Best Practices and Penalty Abatement Practices for Information Returns. Chuck is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and holds a BS in Business Economics from Bentley College, a JD from Boston University School of Law, and an LL.M in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.More Content by Charles Maniace