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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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EuroCommerce warns against fragmentation of VAT systems in the EU

EuroCommerce has always been supportive of the Commission’s 2016 VAT Action Plan and the measures outlined in it to facilitate VAT compliance for companies. We have already welcomed the extension of the VAT One Stop Shop as an important step in the right direction. The latest proposals on VAT rates and special schemes for small enterprises, however, raise some concerns for retailers and wholesalers.

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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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Retailers and wholesalers welcome easier cross-border VAT filing, abolition of VAT-free parcels, but deplores late implementation

EuroCommerce welcomed the adoption today of the VAT proposals related to electronic commerce. The extension of the VAT Mini One-Stop Shop (MOSS) from intangible goods to tangible goods is a real step forward. It should encourage smaller companies to sell to consumers in other countries by removing the need to register for VAT in different Member States.

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