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Kenya introduces digital services tax
Kenya introduces digital services tax

Kenya introduces digital services tax

Kenya has joined the growing list of countries that have introduced a digital services tax (DST). DST will be charged on digital services supplied to users in Kenya, according to specified criteria (please contact a VAT expert for full clarity on determining user location).  Authorities made provision for the DST in Kenya’s Finance Act of […]

Mandatory e-filing of VAT returns takes effect in Switzerland
Mandatory e-filing of VAT returns takes effect in Switzerland

Mandatory e-filing of VAT returns takes effect in Switzerland

Switzerland has introduced mandatory e-filing of VAT returns. As of 1 January 2021, any business registered for VAT in Switzerland must file VAT returns electronically.  Swiss authorities have established an electronic system which allows for e-filing. E-filing was already available in Switzerland on an optional basis, but uptake had been relatively low. Two platforms for […]

Greece moves mandatory e-books and e-invoicing to 1 April 2021
Greece moves mandatory e-books and e-invoicing to 1 April 2021

Greece moves mandatory e-books and e-invoicing to 1 April 2021

Greece has announced that it will start implementing mandatory e-invoicing and e-books from 1 April 2021. Greece had previously intended to implement mandatory e-books submission in 2020. According to Greek authorities, they are delaying implementation  partly due to difficulties caused by the Covid pandemic.  Greece’s move towards mandatory electronic submission is part of a global […]

More countries expected to impose digital services VAT: Report
More countries expected to impose digital services VAT: Report

More countries expected to impose digital services VAT: Report

More states are working to enhance VAT collection on e-commerce and digital services. That’s according to the OECD’s Consumption Tax Trends 2020 report. The report  notes that several countries - both inside and outside the OECD - are adopting the organisation’s guidelines on digital VAT. Businesses should therefore anticipate changes to digital VAT regulations, and [...]
Canada to tax digital services provided by foreign companies
Canada to tax digital services provided by foreign companies

Canada to tax digital services provided by foreign companies

Canada is to tax cross-border digital services, effective from July 2021. Consequently, non-resident businesses providing digital services to customers in Canada will have to start charging sales tax. Many digital vendors will now have to register  for GST/HST in Canada.  Up to now, only digital services businesses with local operations have had to charge customers [...]
How Importers and Exporters can increase Import VAT Savings
How Importers and Exporters can increase Import VAT Savings

How Importers and Exporters can increase Import VAT Savings

For many companies, finding ways to increase import VAT savings can feel overwhelming and difficult to implement. You wouldn’t be incorrect in thinking. It is complex to unlock Import VAT savings while ensuring 100% VAT compliance.  In short, optimising operations is about more than meeting minimal VAT compliance obligations. Ultimately, it’s about leveraging VAT regulations [...]

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