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Switzerland - RTV Corporate Fee Due

From 1 January 2019, with the introduction of the new Radio and Television Law, the Radio and Television corporate fee (RTV) will no longer be dependent on whether or not a taxpayer possesses a broadcasting device.

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UK - EU VAT Rules for Vouchers

The UK Government has issued draft legislation that would transpose new EU VAT rules on vouchers into UK law, along with an explanatory memorandum of the changes.

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Mexico - Reduced Border VAT

Mexico’s next government look likely to go ahead with president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s plan to cut the VAT rate in a strip along the U.S. border, probably to 8% from the current 16%.

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USA - Alabama Sales Tax Nexus

The consequences of the recent Supreme Court decision on physical nexus for online sellers are already being felt with the news that the state of Alabama will start collecting online sales taxes on 1 Oct 2018.

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UK - Reverse Charge for Construction

HMRC have recently released draft legislation which will make supplies of standard or reduced rated construction services (‘specified supplies’) between construction or building businesses subject to the domestic reverse charge, meaning that the customer will be liable to account for VAT due, instead of the supplier.

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UAE - VAT Refund for Tourists

As previously suggested, the UAE Cabinet has now formally approved plans to implement a VAT refund scheme for tourists.

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Denmark - Tax Agency Overhaul Complete

July 1st 2018 saw the institution of the administrative overhaul of Denmark's tax authority - the SKAT - with a series of new specialized boards becoming operational.

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EU and Latvia - VAT Directive Derogation

The European Commission has authorised Latvia to introduce a special measure derogating from Article 193 of Council Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of VAT. The full details of the authorisation, published on July 2nd 2018, can be read here.

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Thailand - Reduced VAT Rate Extended

The Thai government cabinet announced on July 3rd 2018 that the VAT rate will remain at a reduced rate of 7% for another year.

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Germany - Online Marketplaces Liable

German Bundesländer Ministers of Finance have recently agreed on draft legislation that will introduce a secondary VAT liability for online trading platforms and marketplaces, in cases where third party traders do not declare and pay their VAT liabilities.

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