Importation of goods in the EU? Customs duties and VAT are due unless you apply the deferred payment or the postponed accounting via VAT return
The new VAT rules for intra-Community trade in goods with European consumers (B2C sales) come into force on 1 July 2021. From this date, all sales will be subject to the VAT of the country of arrival of the goods (there is no longer any threshold applicable except for microenterprises). In order to avoid having to register in all European countries, e-traders will be able to use the One-Stop-Shop (OSS) where they can declare and pay the VAT due in other Member States. A single “European VAT return”, so to speak.
Businesses with a Polish VAT number have probably all been confronted at some point with the rigors of the Polish VAT code and the rigidity of tax officials.
Those who have paid fines and/or interests for late payment because their intra-Community acquisitions were not included in the correct VAT return can take action to claim reimbursement of these amounts from the Polish State.
When a business offers several services to its customers at the same time, the question arises as to whether these different services should be subject to a single VAT treatment or whether they should be treated separately? In this context, the Court has developed two exceptions to the principle of independence of supply, namely single complex supplies and non-independent ancillary supplies.
When does the presence of your company abroad constitute a permanent establishment for VAT purposes?
The answer is not simple. Many companies find themselves in a “grey zone”, which is generally a source of conflict with the local tax authorities. And no European country is spared, as evidenced by the growing number of court cases on the subject regularly ending up before the European Court of Justice.