According to a report from Reuters, the German Economic Ministry has recently been analyzing a possible reduction in the country’s 19% VAT rate, as part of a larger analysis of German trade surpluses. A ministry spokesperson did not deny the report, but stated that a VAT reduction would have a minimal effect on existing surpluses, and that increasing investment in Germany should be a higher priority. Germany has faced criticism from the United States government over its trade policy; any VAT reform, however, is unlikely to occur prior to the German national elections in September.
Italian Tax Authority Cracks Down on VAT Fraud
On June 12 of 2017, the Italian Tax Authorities (ITA) issued Protocol No. 110418, to further implement the ...
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