#VATMOSS and Brexit: what now?

Important VATMOSS update
In December 2017 the European Commission approved a package of reforms to the VATMOSS system. Please visit the VATMOSS resource page for more information. The below post, which is now outdated, will remain here as an archive.

Yesterday members of the EU VAT Action campaign met with HMRC and HM Treasury to discuss the state of play for VATMOSS in light of the Brexit referendum. This meeting had already been scheduled in advance of the referendum, a sign of the Campaign’s commitment to maintaining an open dialogue with Whitehall.

You can read their summary and view a video update here.

Salient points

  • The OECD has formally recognised the need for a VATMOSS threshold. In the space of two years, thanks to the work of the Campaign, the powers that be have gone from having no idea what a microbusiness was at all, to acknowledging their place in business legislation.
  • The direction of travel continues to be taxation based on the place of supply, not on the location of the seller. In other words, the rollout to physical goods is coming. I will be writing more on this when we get more information.
  • The proposed small business threshold is likely to be proposed in December.
  • Brexit or not, your voice will still be heard.
  • The UK has been vocal and active on the MOSS issue. Brexit or not, the Campaign now needs microbusinesses and affected traders in Europe to become just as vocal and active. There has always been a certain level of disdain from policymakers that the MOSS concerns were spoilt British moaning. That was never true. Now, we can’t let them use the referendum result as an excuse to dismiss all of the concerns raised in the past two years as British whingeing.
  • Do not make any rash decisions – such as reincorporating in Ireland or pulling out of Europe altogether – until we have more certainty on what the future may bring.

Need to know more?

If you’re new to VATMOSS, you can read the post archive, or watch this 35 minute presentation I gave in May of this year.