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Fixing VAT for E-Commerce

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Long admired as a neutral, efficient revenue raiser, the EU VAT system needs reform.  The internet has revolutionized commerce and VAT has been unable to adapt. As more European consumers buy goods online from outside the EU, the European Commission estimated that the revenue loss due to tax fraud reached EUR 151.5 billion last year. Policy makers face two options: 1. Embrace the change and re-think revenue collection in commerce or 2. Stick to old models and restrict technology-enabled commerce.

In response, Europe’s leaders have taken a series of measure aiming to boost cooperation between national tax authorities and law enforcement authorities. They also have decreed that, by 2021, electronic interfaces should file and pay the tax for their merchants.  Will these moves succeed in reducing VAT fraud? Or will they kill much of e-commerce in Europe? What should be the role of customs and logistics operators? Could this crackdown on fraud lead to a much desired simplification of national VAT codes, which create confusion by taxing different products at different rates in different countries?

Come hear industry, European officials, and tax specialists debate these questions and attempt to chart a path forward.

Full agenda will be posted soon.

Registration and sandwich lunch from 12.30 – Meeting from 13.15 to 14.30

Event Supported by The Marketplace Coalition

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Discussants &

Below is our list of speakers and discussants.

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Samuel Laurinkari

Head of EU Affairs, eBay

Johan Van Der Paal

VAT Expert, Deloitte

European Commission Tax Department Representative

to be announced soon

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Fixing VAT for E-Commerce

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CEPS Conference Room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels
Event Date

Day 1 - Tuesday
Anne-Marie Boudou Anne-Marie Boudou
Anne-Marie Boudou
+32 (0)2 229 39 12
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Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards.

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