Ransomware: impact on VAT

Ransomware attacks are surging all over the world, becoming one of the biggest threats to our everyday lives. Taking actions against them is therefore crucial in order to spare high costs for businesses and to prevent disruptions of their economic activities. In the first part of this blogpost we discuss the impact of ransomware attacks on our society, following the latest attack on the American tech firm Kaseya on Friday, while in the second part we will analyse the potential of modern cryptography and decentralisation for preventing such attacks, mostly focusing on tax administrations.

VAT Talks - Charles de Wet

We are honoured to have VAT expert Charles de Wet joining us on this episode of our VAT Talks. Charles has almost 30 years of experience in VAT across South Africa and Africa, which he gained in the South African Revenue Service, numerous positions within PwC and most recently at ENSafrica, Africa’s biggest law firm. We are excited to hear more about his fascination regarding VAT and being taken on a journey of his favourite experiences in three decades.

The Mexican model of real-time reporting part 2: The benefits and inherent issues of having a network of certified third parties

In the first part of our overview of the Mexican network clearance model, we explained how the Mexican Tax Administration (SAT) implemented its Comprobante Fiscal Digital por Internet (CFDI), its XML e-invoicing format, in 2011. To validate and control the invoices, PAC entities (Proveedor Autorizado de Certificación) are carrying out tax duties on behalf of the SAT. In the following article, we will review the benefits of having a network of certified third parties, and some of the inherent structural issues.

The Mexican model of real-time reporting part 1: what is it?

France is considering the ‘Mexican’ real-time reporting model. As it is not clear for every VAT practitioner what this model actually entails, we thought it would be interesting to take a deep dive into one of the pioneers of tax digitalisation: Mexico. The Mexican model, also referred to as the network clearance model, requires companies to send their invoices to certified third party service providers. These trusted third party service providers are responsible for controlling, approving and forwarding invoices.

VAT Talks - Richard Asquith

We are honored to speak with Richard Asquith on this episode of our VAT Talks. He is an awarded VAT expert working as VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara and writes the daily Avalara global blog that is read by over 1 million readers per year. Richard entered the VAT world because he was promised a calm work life but since he entered 30 years ago, his work life has been everything but calm.

Cross-post German business association DMB: the benefits of real-time reporting systems for SMEs

Introduction We are honored by this week’s opportunity to publish an expert article through the German Association DMB, representing 24.000 German small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). As more and more countries are implementing real-time reporting systems for VAT purposes, it is important to look at the implementation details. We highlight four characteristics that any real-time reporting system should have to ensure feasibility and advantages for businesses. Feel free to read the German version here: https://www.

VAT Talks - Aleksandra Bal

Summary We are honoured that VAT expert Aleksandra Bal wanted to join us on this episode of VAT Talks. Aleksandra has years of experience in both the field of taxation and technology. Besides being fluent in multiple programming languages, she holds a PhD in International Taxation as well as other degrees. Luckily for us, she loves to share her knowledge! In the following Aleksandra first explains what she finds so interesting about VAT and that by now “technology is indispensable for the operation of any VAT system”, because it’s almost not possible to comply without using it.

The relationship between real-time reporting and e-invoicing

Often confused, e-invoicing and real-time reporting mechanisms are, nonetheless, distinct and entailing specific services. While e-invoicing refers to the exchange of an invoice in a structured, computer readable data format, allowing its automatic and electronic processing;[1] real-time reporting refers to the reporting of relevant invoice data to the tax authority.[2] Although both mechanisms can be implemented hand-in-hand, they can also be successful on their own. In the following, we will explain the difference between real-time reporting and e-invoicing and how they relate to each other.

Real-time reporting: increase competitiveness through easier compliance

Complying with all regulatory requirements sometimes seems to be a burden whose only effect is to slow down businesses’ efficiency. Managing the VAT quarterly payments, filing for VAT returns, and constantly producing invoices can be stressful and time-consuming tasks. Nevertheless, modern technology can help businesses to comply with the VAT requirements while also increasing their competitiveness. The process of the digitalisation of taxation is having a relevant impact on the time required for VAT compliance all over the world.

A boost for modern technologies in real-time reporting systems - given by the German Bundesrechnungshof

SUMMARY Real-time reporting systems, in which companies are required to register their invoices with the tax authority, experience a big political push across the globe. By now it is not a question of if, but of when and how real-time reporting systems will be implemented by other states. Thus, focus needs to shift towards design requirements. Very recently, a clear recommendation has been made by the German Bundesrechnungshof: real-time reporting should be connected to blockchain technology to ensure timely and authentic data.