The tax commissioner of the European Union is pressing ahead with plans to
synchronise community rules on VAT grouping schemes.
The move is part of a broader set of rules designed to crack down on
cross-border tax evasion.
EU VAT legislation currently gives member states the option to regard as one
single taxable person those who are closely bound to one another by financial,
economic and organizational links, according to
László Kovács, EU tax commissioner, said: ‘The practice has shown that the
VAT grouping scheme, although being a simplification measure for operators,
could lead to tax evasion. For that reason the Commission proposes clear
guidelines on how to apply in practice this scheme.’
The VAT grouping option has been in operation since the 1970s, and 16 member
states have implemented the schemes into national legislation.
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