On 18 December 2014, the OECD invited comments from interested parties on discussion drafts of two new elements of the OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines. These discussion drafts related to (i) the place of taxation of business-to-consumer supplies of services and intangibles (B2C Guidelines) and (ii) provisions to support the application of the Guidelines in practice (Supporting provisions)
The OECD’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs invites public comments on two new draft elements of the OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines (the Guidelines). These discussion drafts relate to (i) the place of taxation of business-to-consumer supplies of services and intangibles (B2C Guidelines) and (ii) provisions to support the application of the Guidelines in practice (Supporting provisions).
The report examines the distributional effects of value-added tax (VAT) and excise tax systems in 20 OECD countries, and investigates the effectiveness of reduced VAT rates as a redistributional tool.
The governments of 86 countries have taken a key step towards preventing value added tax from weighing on trade while also safeguarding state revenues by endorsing the first internationally agreed framework for applying national VAT rules to cross-border transactions.
The report provides an overview of the main issues raised by VAT, SMEs and the taxation of the financial sector, and that tax practitioners should be aware of in their day to day work. Each chapter provides a detailed analysis of the challenges revenue administrations and policy makers face in designing and administering these taxes, and possible solutions that can be adapted and related to the specific situation of different countries.
OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, congratulated Japanese Prime Minister Abe on his announcement today that Japan will raise its consumption tax as legislated from the current 5% to 8% next April.
Following the recent invitations for public comment on four new draft elements of the OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines, the OECD has now published the comments received which will be used to inform the OECD’s work in this area.
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Singapore held the first Regional GST/VAT Conference on 22-23 May 2013, reaching out to 120 delegates from 18 countries. The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore played host to 50 government delegates, many of whom are from the Asia-Pacific region.
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4 interim drafts: (i) a preface to the Guidelines; (ii) the core features of VAT-systems to which the Guidelines are intended to apply, (iii) place of taxation for cross-border supplies of services and intangibles to businesses that have establishments in more than one jurisdiction, (iv) implementation of specific rules for determining the place of taxation for cross border business-to business supplies of services and intangibles.
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Following the invitation for public comment on the commentary on the Guidelines on VAT neutrality, the OECD has now published the outcomes of the consultation. These comments were very supportive and were used to revise the commentary.