Emmerich, Germany

Reduction of German VAT rates from 01 July 2020 to 31 December 2020

By Ingo Prang, KPP Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH

One of the most important measures of the COVID-19 economic stimulus package adopted by the German Federal Government is the temporary reduction in VAT rates from 19% to 16% (standard VAT) and from 7% to 5% (reduced VAT) respectively. This measure applies from 01 July 2020 to 31 December 2020. The same applies in a mirror image from 01 January 2021, when these temporary reductions are removed.

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GST on e-Commerce Transactions in Singapore

By Eddie Lee, Robert Yam & Co.

Generally, e-commerce is a growing market, with many countries in Asia, including Singapore, accelerating the e-commerce push. This refers to the growing trend of online transactions for the supply of physical goods, digitised goods, and services between two or more contractual parties. Many tax authorities around the world, including the IRAS in Singapore, are keen to tap on this growing source of tax revenue.

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COVID-19 Concessions on Import Duty on Certain Goods

By Carla Bendeman, Nolands

On 15 March 2020, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs declared a national state of disaster in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A customs duty rebate and/or a VAT exemption, as summarised below, became operational and provides for the relief of distress of persons impacted by the pandemic.

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Moscow, Russia

Update on VAT on Electronically Supplied Services

By Valeria Khmelevskaya, KBK Accounting

Starting from 2019, new rules for calculation and paying VAT were introduced for foreign B2B providers of electronically supplied services (ESS), foreseeing obligatory tax registration and direct VAT payment via VAT-offce, available under lkioreg.nalog.ru/en. The previously applied reverse-charge procedure is not possible based on the current provisions of the Russian Tax Code.

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Calgary, Canada

Duty to Collect Goods and Services Tax in Canada

By Greg Gartner and Lindsay Kindrachuk, Moodys Gartner Tax Law LLP

Recipients of most supplies made in Canada must pay federal tax of 5% of the value of the supply, referred to as goods and services tax (GST) and legislated under Canada’s Excise Tax Act (the ETA). The supplier, however, has the duty to register to collect and remit this tax to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), with few exceptions, or risk assessment for the uncollected GST, plus interest and penalties. All but one province, Alberta, also have a provincial sales tax. Some provinces have “harmonised” their sales tax with the GST (e.g. Ontario) resulting in a higher rate (HST) to be collected and remitted to the CRA where supplies are made in that province, and others administer their own sales tax (e.g. British Columbia) requiring a separate consultation of that province’s sale tax legislation.

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Indian GST on Digital Services

By Siffat Kaur, Ashwani & Associates

Rapid digitisation is one constant that has changed the world we live in. From buying groceries to booking cabs, almost everything is possible online. As more and more people participate in the digital economy, there is a need for countries to develop a framework to regulate and to get a “fair” share of taxes from the revenues generated by such businesses.

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Austria: VAT Changes with Effect from 01 January 2020

By Edith Huber-Wurzinger, Gaedke & Angeringer Steuerberatung GmbH

The Austrian tax reform for 2020 necessitated some organisational modifications and implementations within the scope of the IT systems for many entrepreneurs. The new provisions are especially important for the transnational movement of goods in the internal market.

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South Africa Implements VAT on Foreign Electronic Service Providers

By Graeme Saggers, Nolands

On 01 June 2014, South Africa implemented regulations that required certain foreign providers of electronic services to register for VAT. These regulations have gone through an amendment and new regulations were published on 18 March 2019 with an effective date of 01 April 2019. The original regulations limited the scope of services that qualified as electronic services and which must be charged with VAT at the standard rate.

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