HMRC extends #VATMOSS payment provider concession indefinitely

Important VATMOSS update
On 1 December 2016 the European Commission announced a package of proposed reforms to the VATMOSS scheme. Please read this post for the latest updates, as some of the proposed changes may affect the situation described in the post below.

I’m back from WordCamp Europe in Seville, Spain, where I asked my audience “How many of you have heard of VATMOSS?” and about 25% of the crowd put their hands up. I then said “How many of you haven’t heard of VATMOSS?” and about 20% of the crowd put their hands up. The other 55% were too hot to move.

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Can you legally geoblock in response to #VATMOSS?

Important VATMOSS update
On 1 December 2016 the European Commission announced a package of proposed reforms to the VATMOSS scheme. Please read this post for the latest updates, as some of the proposed changes may affect the situation described in the post below.

The EU’s Digital Single Market strategy announced a legislative assault on geoblocking, the process of restricting access to online content based on a user’s physical location.

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The EU’s plans for #VATMOSS reform

Important VATMOSS update
On 1 December 2016 the European Commission announced a package of proposed reforms to the VATMOSS scheme. Please read this post for the latest updates, as some of the proposed changes may affect the situation described in the post below.

Today the EU has announced its Single Digital Market Strategy for Europe (.pdf, 360kb), a long-term project formulated around the three pillars of market access, environment, and economy & society.

As expected, the strategy acknowledges the problems caused by the lack of proper due diligence in implementing the EU Place of Supply reforms (#VATMOSS), for which we owe the hardworking team at the EU Vat Action group complete and sole credit.

The Strategy’s plans for #VATMOSS, and for general VAT issues, are as follows:

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Patreon caves on #VATMOSS

Important VATMOSS update
On 1 December 2016 the European Commission announced a package of proposed reforms to the VATMOSS scheme. Please read this post for the latest updates, as some of the proposed changes may affect the situation described in the post below.

In February I published a post setting out the implications of Patreon’s refusal to comply with #VATMOSS. I didn’t set out to hit a nerve, but a week later it went viral. At one point it was getting 1000 visits every five minutes. I’d never seen anything like it.

It now appears that Patreon have caved in to public pressure. On 4 March they published this announcement:

Creators and patrons! I’m Chelsea with Ops at Patreon. I am working on our VAT research and solution. Thank you, again, for your patience. Here’s a quick VAT update: Good news! Patreon will handle the collection, filing, and remittance of VAT payments on behalf of our creators. The cost of VAT will be carried by EU patrons. As always, thank you for your patience and feedback. Patreon has your #vatmess covered so you can do what you do best: create.

Pardon me if I am not swooning with grateful admiration at Patreon’s change of heart.

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