We highlight some of the latest tax measures introduced by the government, with effect from 23 April 2020:   1. Reduced 0% VAT rate for specific medical equipment. Zero-rate VAT will be applied to supplies of goods, imports, and intra-EU acquisitions of goods when the recipients are hospitals, clinics, public bodies, or private centres that…

  From 23 April 2020, electronic books, newspapers, and magazines will be taxed at 4% VAT.   Until now, the Spanish Tax Agency had repeatedly responded to queries by applying a higher VAT rate compared to goods supplied in printed format, only allowing the 4% VAT rate for books that had been transferred to reading…

International Tax – COVID-19: OECD Recommendations   The OECD has recently issued recommendations on the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on cross-border workers, permanent establishments and the place of effective management of companies. Although these recommendations should be interpreted as soft law (i.e. not legally binding), they can be used as guidance until the Tax…

  March 18 saw the publication in the Official State Gazette of Royal Decree-law 8/2020, of March 17, on urgent measures to tackle the economic and social effects of COVID-19, which is effective from the date of publication. We summarise the most relevant Tax measures of this Royal Decree-Law. Granting of powers for Customs clearance: The…

  Royal Decree-law 82020_COVID19_ENG March 18 saw the publication in the Official State Gazette of Royal Decree-law 8/2020, of March 17, on urgent measures to tackle the economic and social effects of COVID-19, which is effective from the date of publication. We summarise the most relevant measures of this Royal Decree-Law affecting the following areas:…

Last 14th March saw the publication of urgent tax measures to tackle the economic impact of COVID-19 in the Official State Gazette (link).   Specifically, the possibility of deferring tax payments has been granted to taxpayers (person or entity) whose turnover was under EUR 6.010.121,05 in 2019.   This deferral will be applicable to withholdings…

    5 February 2020 saw the publication, a little later than scheduled, of Royal Decree-law 3/2020, which transposes various EU Directives and Regulations onto Spanish legislation. Included among these are the VAT “Quick Fixes”, which we analysed in a tax update in October 2019. These changes will come into force on 1 March 2020….

    The Spanish Tax Agency has recently launched a special plan to check on taxpayers who repeatedly record tax losses on their Corporate Income Tax returns, which can be carried forward and offset in subsequent periods. The move was revealed in the 2020 General Tax Control Plan, which was recently published and notably includes…

    The Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden recently lodged a request for a preliminary ruling with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), on whether a branch and its principal establishment (that is, its headquarters in another jurisdiction), where the latter is part of a VAT group, are considered independent parties for…

    For foreign companies interested in operating in the EU, it is important to know when a structure is regarded as a fixed establishment (FE) for VAT purposes. In this respect, Advocate General Kokott’s preliminary findings in case C-547/18, on whether or not a subsidiary constitutes a FE, are particularly relevant. The events that…

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