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EU Seeks To Explain 2015 Digital Economy VAT Changes

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

15 October 2014


The European Commission has announced the launch of a new web portal to help businesses adapt to the change to value-added tax (VAT) place of supply rules for broadcasting, telecommunications, and electronic services from January 1, 2015.

From January 1, 2015, new rules come into effect for businesses. VAT will be charged on these services where the customer is based, rather than where the supplier is located. In addition, a "Mini One Stop Shop" will be introduced, which will allow companies to make a single VAT declaration and payment in their own member state for all their intra-EU transactions.

According to the Commission, the web portal has been launched to facilitate businesses' registration under, and their use of the MOSS. The portal is intended to support businesses who have a limited understanding of the various VAT rules in place across the European Union, including the varying rates, exemptions, and special arrangements in place in member states.

The Commission said: "The web portal is the solution to ensure that businesses aren't overwhelmed when trying to figure out the VAT rate that should apply to their sale. It is part of the continual and consistent effort made by the Commission over the past few years to ensure that the new VAT rules are introduced as smoothly as possible, and that businesses are fully equipped for the change."

TAGS: compliance | VAT rates | VAT tax authority guidance | VAT special schemes | VAT registration / deregistration | tax | business | European Commission | VAT legislation | tax authority | legislation | services | VAT compliance matters | Europe | Tax

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