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Retailers commend Commission decision on Polish tax as unlawful state aid

Speaking today in response to the Commission’s conclusion of its in-depth investigation initiated in September 2016 against the Polish retail tax, EuroCommerce Director-General, Christian Verschueren, said:

“The Commission’s conclusion that the Polish retail tax is unlawful state aid gives a very welcome and clear signal to Member States on what is considered discriminatory or not. To ensure fair competition in the internal market, taxes and fees should be non-discriminatory, proportionate and justified.”

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EuroCommerce positions on reduced VAT rates and treatment of vouchers 22 Jan 2013

EuroCommerce has adopted two position papers on VAT: on reduced rates and the treatment of vouchers. We recognise the need for a EU-wide VAT system with harmonised rules, one VAT administration and one VAT return. However, as there are currently no signs of harmonisation, EuroCommerce suggests maintaining Member States’ autonomy to apply reduced rates.

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VAT Rates in the EU 17 Sep 2013

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VAT Action Plan: Time to Abolish Barriers for Businesses

Welcoming many aspects of the Communication on the VAT Action Plan presented today by Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, EuroCommerce Director-General, Christian Verschueren said:

Lightening the VAT compliance burden for business is vital for the Digital Single Market to work. Different VAT regulations within the EU create major obstacles to companies doing business cross-border. VAT needs to fit the requirements of the digital age. Retailers and wholesalers, as a sector deeply affected by VAT regulation, welcome the Commission’s efforts to find a way forward”.

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Standard VAT return proposal a step in the right direction 24 Oct 2013

EuroCommerce welcomes the Commission’s proposal to create a standard VAT return which, according to Commission’s figures, has the potential to cut costs for European businesses by €15bn per year.

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