Gordon Brown has been warned that proposals to simplify
the VAT system will undermine efforts to fight multibillion-pound carousel
According to the International
VAT Association (IVA), Brussels is considering proposals to allow
an increased range of business services to be traded across borders, which would
increase the risk of carousel fraud,
the FT reports.
In a letter to Brown, the IVA said that proceeding with the proposal would
‘undermine Europe’s fight against VAT fraud and could further exacerbate the
significant deficts which already exist in certain member states’.
VAT fraud is estimated to cost the EU up to £41bn annually.
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