On January 1, 2020, the so called “Quick Fixes” of the VAT Action Plan that the Commission has implemented for cross-border trade through Directive (EU) 2018/1910 enter into force.
In the midst of a protectionist context, the European Union -UE- once again opts for commercial openness and regional market integration by fully ratifying the Free Trade Agreement signed between the EU and Singapore.
There has been much speculation about the disappearance of the international commerce terms (Incoterms®) EXW and DDP, due to the entry into force of the 2020 version, recently published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Council Directive (EU) 2017/2445 establishes new regulations for the purposes of VAT, with effect January 1, 2021, in the treatment of e-commerce in goods, commonly called as distance sales of goods and electronic services rendered to private individuals.
On April 10, 2019, the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) handed down judgment in Case T-300/16, resolving to annul Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/387 of March 17 of 2016, establishing a definitive countervailing duty on imports of malleable iron cast iron tubes originated from India (hereinafter referred to as Regulation 2016/387) purchased from the supplier Jindal Saw Ltd, opening with this, the possibility of recovering the countervailing duty paid.
In communion with the operators of the sector and professionals in the field, we expected that what happened last week would happen: the Superior Court of Justice of Valencia (SCJV) has raised a series of questions for the European Union Court of Justice (CJEU) on the possible violation of the Electricity Tax (known as IVPEE for its acronym in Spanish) and of the national law emanating from it (Law 15/2012) on the EU Directives regulating the taxation of energy products, electricity and excise duties, as well as other products of an environmental nature.
In principle, next March 29, 2019 is the date for no deal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. As of today, the Parliament of the United Kingdom has not ratified the agreements reached between the government of that country and the European Union. If that date arrives with no deal, the exit will have important consequences, from the point of view of indirect taxation (Customs, VAT and Excise Duties), for economic operators both in the EU and in the United Kingdom.
The Tax and Customs Control Plan contains the general guidelines on the verification and investigation procedures to be carried out by Tax and Customs Authorities during 2019 to taxpayers with identified as risky, in order to mitigate tax and customs fraud.
The Free Trade Agreement signed between the European Union and Japan enters into force on 1 February (EU- Japan Economic Partnership Agreement ), one of the most sophisticated bilateral trade agreements signed by the EU so far. In addition to the usual chapters in these agreements, it includes measures related to data protection and environment.