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Slovenia To Launch VAT Probe Into Consignees

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.con, Brussels

25 July 2019


The Slovenian tax authority announced on July 9, 2019, that it will increase tax compliance checks on companies carrying out certain services for foreign e-commerce platforms to ensure they are charging VAT when required.

The tax agency highlighted that is tackling tax evasion associated with the sale of goods online by businesses using a foreign VAT identification number, when in fact the company has a permanent establishment in Slovenia.

As part of these efforts, the authority said it will seek to ensure that those providing services to these businesses charge VAT when required. It said it will redouble its focus on those providing the following services to online retailers: packing, storage of products, delivery, administrative services, accepting returned packages, and communicating with customers.

The tax authority stated that companies providing such services must determine whether the client has a permanent establishment in Slovenia. If it does, VAT should be charged on those services provided to the client to the PE.

The tax authority said that it intends to step up VAT compliance checks in the second half of 2019. However, taxpayers who have not correctly charged VAT will be able to adjust prior VAT returns and avoid higher penalties provided they do so before the commencement of an audit.

TAGS: compliance | tax | business | value added tax (VAT) | tax compliance | Slovenia | commerce | audit | tax authority | e-commerce | transfer pricing | penalties | services | VAT compliance matters | BEPS

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