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EU VAT changes for VAT in the Digital Age (ViDA)

Businesses need to be aware of planned changes to EU VAT as part of ViDA

15 May 2024

Yesterday, 14 May 2024, the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) of the European Union met to discuss the proposed changes to the EU VAT rules as part of the ViDA initiative and the revised proposal received on 8 May. The Ministers did not however reach an agreement on the changes and discussions will continue until all 27 Member States of the EU approve.

The three ViDA pillars may be summarised as:-

  1. Digital Reporting Requirements (DRR) — Introducing common standardised Digital Reporting Requirements and e-invoicing for intra-community transactions (i.e., between Member States)
  2. Platform Economy — Addressing the challenges of the platform economy for short-term rental of accommodation and passenger transport services by enhancing the role of digital platforms in collecting VAT
  3. Single VAT Registration — Reducing VAT registration requirements in the EU by expanding the scope of the One Stop Shop (OSS) for imports and the reverse charge for business-to-business (B2B) transactions

Initially, it was planned that the new rules would be implemented in 2025 and the DRR rules were to apply as of 2028. Mostly the implementation dates are delayed, possibly to July 2027 (for the Platform Economy and Single VAT Registration reforms) and to the period 2030 to 2035 for DRR and the new e-invoicing rules, including transition rules for current e-invoicing systems for individual Member States.

Despite the lack of final agreement, businesses operating in the EU will need to assess how their transactions, invoicing and reporting processes will be affected and how they may set up their systems to ensure that their future VAT reporting requirements are met.

In addition many Member States have already introduced or are in the process of introducing their own domestic e-invoicing and e-reporting rules much sooner than 2028. Therefore, businesses should also consider undertaking an assessment for their ability to comply with those rules in the relevant countries.

The next meeting of ECOFIN is set for 21 June 2024.

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