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If you engage in business activities in the Netherlands or in other EU member states, you will probably have to pay VAT on your turnover. But even if you do not have a VAT-registered business, you will be confronted with it in some way or other. In that case, VAT paid on your purchases is a cost item. Today more than 130 countries have VAT or a similar levy. In this age of globalization you will increasingly be confronted with VAT legislation, both in the Netherlands and elsewhere.  

Regulations in the area of VAT have become extremely complicated over the years. Each sector has its own VAT problems. This demands specialist knowledge that the VAT specialists at CMS possess. Whether it concerns VAT matters relating to property transactions, international trade and services or not-for-profit organizations, we will be pleased to use our specific knowledge and experience to optimize your VAT position.

Our VAT specialists work closely with lawyers and civil-law notaries at CMS and in the international CMS organization. They will assist and advise you on how to minimize the consequences of charging VAT with your transactions and on optimizing your tax position. In discussions or proceedings with the tax authorities, the aim will always be to achieve the best result for your organization. In addition, our VAT specialists can organize practical VAT training courses for your personnel and analyse your organization to see where savings can be made and/or where tax risks may exist. They will also be pleased to assist you by taking care of applications for VAT refunds.

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March 2019
Tax­a­tion of the di­git­al eco­nomy
This pub­lic­a­tion aims to identi­fy vari­ous as­pects of the di­git­al eco­nomy and to con­sider wheth­er in­come taxes are the most ef­fect­ive and ef­fi­cient way to tax this eco­nomy. Do we need a re­volu­tion in the tax sys­tem?
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March 2020
CMS Tax Glob­al Bro­chure
At the start of the 2020s, the roles of cor­por­ate tax plan­ning and reg­u­la­tion are un­der in­creas­ing scru­tiny as ques­tions of eth­ics and cor­por­ate cit­izen­ship con­tin­ue to rise up the com­mer­cial and trade policy agenda.Tax be­ha­viour is now a ma­jor fea­ture of cor­por­ate repu­ta­tion, with in­stant com­mu­nic­a­tion put­ting in­tense pres­sure on in­ter­na­tion­al com­pan­ies to pub­lish in­form­a­tion on how they meet their tax ob­lig­a­tions and man­age tax risks. The EU’s man­dat­ory re­port­ing re­quire­ments for cross-bor­der tax ar­range­ments (the DAC6 re­gime) carry heavy sanc­tions for non-com­pli­ance. With DAC6 be­com­ing fully ap­plic­able across the EU on 1 Ju­ly 2020, dis­clos­ure is a key is­sue for in­ter­me­di­ar­ies, tax­pay­ers and na­tion­al tax au­thor­it­ies.Fisc­al trans­par­ency and fair­ness are key con­cepts not just for en­ter­prises and in­di­vidu­als, but for the gov­ern­ments and fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions who com­pete to pro­mote and at­tract in­ter­na­tion­al trade and in­vest­ment. The G20/ OECD pro­ject to tackle base erosion and profit shift­ing (BEPS) has brought to­geth­er over 135 coun­tries in a col­lab­or­at­ive ef­fort to com­bat tax avoid­ance.Di­git­al­isa­tion is a key fo­cus of the BEPS pro­ject. As the glob­al di­git­al eco­nomy con­tin­ues to pro­duce new products, ser­vices and com­mer­cial prac­tices in every sec­tor, it raises a host of new ques­tions for in­ter­na­tion­al tax policies and struc­tures. On­line mar­kets and their tax im­plic­a­tions for do­mest­ic and cross-bor­der trans­ac­tions are hav­ing game-chan­ging ef­fects on how and where busi­ness is done.Many tax au­thor­it­ies are ramp­ing up their en­force­ment ac­tions, armed with stiffer pen­al­ties and a more tar­geted ap­proach to in­vest­ig­a­tions. The net res­ult? Tax­pay­ers of dif­fer­ent kinds – mul­tina­tion­als, fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions, funds, in­vestors and high net worth in­di­vidu­als – are fa­cing in­creased tax risks and pres­sures. The right ad­vice can make all the dif­fer­ence. Ex­perts can help you shape your strategy, man­age the risks and make the most of the op­por­tun­it­ies in the tax land­scape of the 2020s.

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