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Changes To International VAT Rates in 2019

Below you will find a list of all key changes to national VAT and Goods & Services tax rates from around the world that have been implemented since the turn of the year.

Bahrain

- Introduced a 5% VAT regime to the area, more detailed information on this is available here

China

- Continue to cut tax rates, reducing VAT from 16% to 13% for general taxpayers

Croatia

- Cuts VAT rate on e-books to 5%

European Union

- Introduces a €10,000 threshold for compliance with destination VAT and rates on e-services reported through MOSS returns

- Revised VAT treatment of vouchers

Greece

- Introduces e-invoices on transactions between private sector businesses and the government

Ireland

- Increased VAT on tourism services to 13.5%  

- Decreased VAT due on e-books and digital publications to 9%

Italy

- Extends SdI invoice reporting to include B2B and B2C transactions, continuing their pledge from 2018 to not raise VAT rates

Lithuania

- Cuts VAT rate on books to 5%

Malta

- Cuts VAT rate on e-books to 5% following their decision to allow to VAT grouping in June 2018

Netherlands

- Increases 'reduced VAT' rate to 9%

Norway

- Cuts VAT on e-books to zero

Portugal

- Introduces e-invoices on business to government transactions

Russia

- Increases standard VAT rate from 18% to 20%

- Increases 'reduced' rate from 15.25% to 16.67%

- Imposes VAT on B2B e-services provided from foreign countries as we previously disclosed

Slovakia

- Cuts hotel and accommodation VAT rate to 10%

Switzerland

- Changes distance selling VAT registration threshold to CHF100,000 of worldwide income  

Turkey

- Increases VAT on e-books to 18%

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