The latest update from our VAT team
Our updates page will be updated with the latest news and developments in VAT.
Margin Scheme – Second-Hand Goods Leaflet
Irish Revenue have recently published an updated leaflet, Margin Scheme - Second-Hand Goods (including Second-hand Means of Transport and Agricultural Machinery). The leaflet is available through the following link.
OECD’s Framework on Applying Cross Border VAT
The governments of eighty-six countries at a recent Global Forum on VAT meeting endorsed a new set of OECD guidelines for applying national VAT rules to cross-border transactions. According to the OECD, these guidelines seek to address the problems that arise from national VAT systems being applied in an uncoordinated way in the context of international trade. They set standards aimed at ensuring VAT neutrality and making taxes on B2B trade in services destination-based. Further details can be found through the following link.
Bad debt relief - CJEU confirms that EU law provision has 'direct effect'
The CJEU recently delivered its judgment in a Hungarian case, Almos Agrárkülkereskedelmi Kft. regarding a claim for bad debt relief. In this case, a company delivered rape seed to its customer, who did not pay for it or return it. The Hungarian tax authority were of the view that as the company had been unable to recover the seed, there had been a supply of it on which VAT was due. On this basis the tax authority refused to allow the VAT adjustment claimed by the company. The CJEU decided that Article 90 of the VAT Directive (which sets out a range of circumstances in which VAT declarations should be adjusted) had “direct effect” and could therefore be relied upon by taxpayers facing contrary national provisions, which could impose only limited restrictions on taxpayers’ rights to adjust VAT declarations where there was total or partial non-payment. The case can be found through the following link.
European Commission explanatory notes for 2015 place of supply changes
As highlighted in the January 2014 VAT Updates, the VAT rules surrounding the place of supply of certain services such as electronically supplied services to private individuals in the EU, will change from January 2015. The European Commission have recently issued explanatory notes to help businesses to prepare for the new VAT rules. These notes are available through the following link.
These notes should be read together with the Commission’s guide to the VAT One Stop Shop.
New Mixed Supplies of Goods and Services Leaflet
Irish Revenue have recently published an updated Mixed Supplies of Goods & Services Leaflet. The leaflet is available through the following link.
Printing and Printed Matter VAT Leaflet
Irish Revenue have recently published an updated Printing & Printed Matter VAT Leaflet. The leaflet is available through the following link.
New VIES and INTRASTAT Traders Manual
Irish Revenue have recently published an updated VIES and INTRASTAT Traders Manual, which replaces the November 2011 issue. The manual is available from the Revenue's website here.
Proposed EU VAT Return
The European Parliament has endorsed the European Commission’s plans to introduce a standard VAT return for businesses across all EU Member States. The proposal is that an EU VAT Return will replace national VAT returns in an endeavour to standardise information and standardise filing deadlines across the EU.
Management of Defined Contribution Pension Funds should be VAT exempt – CJEU judgment
The ECJ case ATP Pension Service A/S examined the VAT treatment of the management of defined contribution pension schemes (“DC schemes”). This is the fourth case in a series of recent significant pension fund related decisions of the CJEU. Please find our analysis summarising all four of the pension related cases and detailing the action points through the following link.
ROS Digital Certificate Expiry Notice
Irish Revenue have published an e-Brief in relation to ROS Digital Certificates. ROS Certificates issued by Revenue normally have a two-year validity, after which time they require renewal in order to retain access to ROS. Revenue updated the ROS Certificate Authority on 13th January 2014 and all certificates issued by the old authority will now expire on 27th March 2014. ROS users will be presented with the certificate renewal screen when they login to ROS and should renew their certificate at this time to ensure continued access to ROS. Further details are available from Revenue's website here.
Return of trading details 2013
As highlighted in our January 2014 VAT updates, a simplified VAT RTD template was implemented on November 29th 2013. It is important to ensure that all companies file the VAT RTD as not doing so can have significant implications, such as triggering Revenue audits, delays in issuing VAT refunds and delays in issuing tax clearance certificates. Further details on the simplified VAT RTD are available from Revenue through the following link.
VAT rates around the EU
The EU Commission recently published the latest schedule of VAT rates for each of the 28 EU Member States. The schedule also provides information on the application of reduced VAT rates and provides an overview of historical VAT rates in each Member State. The schedule is available through the following link.
Irish Revenue confirm VAT exemption on certain green fees
Irish Revenue have published an e-Brief which sets out their position following the recent ECJ judgment in Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club Limited, which we covered in our January 2014 VAT updates. As a consequence of this decision Revenue accepts that green fees charged by non-profit clubs to non-members should be treated as exempt from VAT. Previously Revenue treated green fees for non-members as VATable. Further details are available from Revenue through the following link.
VAT payments through ROS
A recent e-Brief from Revenue confirms that from 1 February 2014 taxpayers may make tax payments through ROS from bank accounts located in one of the SEPA participating countries. SEPA is a European Union initiative that is changing the way euro electronic payments are processed across participating SEPA countries. Previously payments could only be made from an Irish bank account. Further details are available from Revenue through the following link.
Telecommunications, broadcasting and electronically supplied services to consumers - 2015 significant changes
The VAT rules surrounding the place of supply of certain services such as electronically supplied services to private individuals based in the EU, will change from 1 January 2015. Find out more about this change here or visit our dedicated webpage.
Intrastat return change
For January 2014 and all subsequent Intrastat declarations the “Mode of Transport” field will become a mandatory item and so must be completed on all (both arrivals and dispatches) returns.
ECJ ruling in favour of VAT exemption on golf club green fees
A recent ECJ case Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club Limited examined whether green fees charged by private golf clubs to non-members qualify for VAT exemption under European law. The Court decided that the VAT exemption applies to all supplies of the facility to play golf provided by non-profit clubs regardless of whether the supply is provided to a member of the club or to a non-member. Previously Revenue treated green fees for non-members as VATable. Contact a member of the VAT team for more information on a possible reclaim of overpaid VAT.
Return of trading details 2013
For VAT registered businesses with a 31 December year end, the VAT Return of Trading Details for 2013 is due by 23rd January 2014. The Annual VAT RTD must be completed through ROS. On November 29th 2013, a simplified VAT RTD template was implemented. Further details are available from Revenue through the following link.
Disallowance of input VAT
Finance Act (No 2) 2013 has introduced new rules providing that where businesses have not paid for supplies (in full or part) within a six month period they will be required to repay the VAT claimed on those supplies. Therefore, if the full consideration on an invoice issued after 1 January 2014 is not paid within 6 months following the VAT period in which the invoice issued, the business should reduce the amount of its input VAT. However, if there is a reasonable basis for not paying the full consideration If may be possible to avoid having to make the adjustment. Where the business makes the adjustment and subsequently pays the supplier the consideration it can then increase its input VAT accordingly. Contact a member of the VAT team for more information.