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UK, Italy Taken To Task For EU Tax Law Infringements

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

26 January 2018


The European Commission has asked Italy and the UK to bring their tax legislation into line with EU rules, as part of the latest infringement package.

The Commission has sent a reasoned opinion to Italy regarding the exclusion of EU citizens of non-Italian nationality who do not intend to settle in Italy from a reduced rate regime on their first purchase of non-luxury housing in Italy. The Commission said that this limitation violates EU rules on the free movement of capital.

Italy has two months to respond to the request. It could be referred to the European Court of Justice for otherwise failing to do so.

The Commission has sent a letter of formal notice to the UK for what it said was the UK's failure to collect and transmit to other EU member states the bank account details for each taxable person registered for the EU-wide VAT Mini One-Stop-Shop. The Commission said this violates EU rules on administrative cooperation and that, at present, member states who wish to refund taxable persons in the UK have to collect additional information on a case-by-case basis, which delays the processing of refunds.

If the UK does not act within the next two months, the Commission may send a reasoned opinion to the UK authorities.

TAGS: compliance | tax | European Commission | value added tax (VAT) | property tax | VAT legislation | United Kingdom | legislation | Italy | VAT refunds | VAT compliance matters | Europe

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