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EU ViDA Digital Reporting Requirements & e-invoicing 2030-35

ViDA Pillar 1, Intra-community EU Digital Reporting Requirement & e-invoicing postponed to 2030; full EU and domestic harmonisation 2035

As part of the EU ViDA reforms, EU Finance Ministers are set to agree 2030 proposals to introduce near-real time digital reporting and e-invoicing on intra-community goods and services supplies. Member states will have to harmonise their existing transaction reporting with the new regime by 2035.

July 2030 Digital Reporting Requirements

Digital Reporting of intra-community transactions to tax authorities

  • Introduction of Digital Reporting Requirements (DRR) for suppliers and their customers of header-level data of:
    • intra-community: supplies; acquisitions; B2B services;
    • reverse charge when the supplier is not established;
    • supplies of energy to a taxable dealer; and
    • triangulation.
  • There have been a number of compromises to this proposal to reflect practical burdens:
    • The reporting deadline has been extended to 5 days from 2 days from issuance of the e-invoice.
    • Member states may exempt customers of goods or services from also reporting the transaction if they can obtain assurances by other means.
    • In addition to the existing information required of recapitulative statement, additional information will be required including bank details to enable tax authorities to track payments.
  • Withdrawal of ESL recapitulative reporting since is now supplanted by the new DRR regime, above.
  • Domestic transaction reporting schemes will remain an option. Existing schemes, such as SAF-T on domestic reporting, may remain in place.
  • Central VIES – EC operated transaction database
    • A new ‘Central VIES’ central database will be overseen and maintained by the EC, and will include DDR transactions and ID info of taxpayers, including their VAT identification number. It will also have some integration into the Customs Surveillance system and the upcoming Central Electronic System of Payment CESOP information
    • It will also give transparency for customers to see what intra-EU transactions are being reported against their VAT numbers. This will help prevent them potentially being caught-up in VAT frauds unaware. This may be enabled by a common EC endpoint.

Mandatory structured e-invoicing for DRR transactions

  • Structured e-invoices based on Directive 2014/55/EU (Electronic invoicing in public procurement) will become mandatory for any DRR transaction (see list above). Other formats, including paper, may continue for other transactions e.g. domestic supplies.
  • This will include a new definition of the EN16931 e-invoice standard.
  • Such e-invoices must be issued by at least the 10th day after the chargeable event (2 days in the original proposal), and there must be no requirement for acceptance by the customer. In the case of payment on account, and e-invoice must be issued within 10 days of receipt of the payment. Self-billing has a deadline of 5 days after the supply. These requirement does not apply to any member states’ reporting regimes on domestic supplies.
  • In a change to the original proposals, holding an e-invoice for eligible transactions will become a substantive condition to VAT deduction or reclaims.
  • In a compromise proposed by France, taxpayers may engage with third-party e-invoicing service providers
  •  E-invoices supplant paper invoices for legal purposes except in limited circumstances.
  • The proposal to prohibit the use of summary invoices has been dropped under pressure from businesses. Instead, they may be used issued with the criteria:
    • that the VAT on the invoice is chargeable in the same month; and
    • the summary invoice must be issued by the 10th of the following month;
    • a fraud-sensitive supply and the member state has exercised its option to prohibit their use.

January 2035 Harmonisation of domestic and intra-community transaction reporting

  • The proposal to require existing domestic e-invoice reporting regimes to harmonise to the EU standard has been changed to January 2035 (originally 2027). This separation from the main e-invoicing launch date of July 2030 reflects member states (e.g. Italy, France and Poland) concerns that tax authorities and taxpayers had invested extensively in the already launch/planned domestic regimes.

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EU VAT in the Digital Age reforms

EU VAT in the Digital Age
3 pillars to improve efficiency of VAT for all and reduce fraud
1. Digital Reporting Requirements; e-invoicing 2030-35: Mandatory digital reporting of intra-community transactions; obligation to be able to issue and receive intra-community e-invoices; member states free to impose own e-invoicing or real-time reporting but most conform to EU e-invoice standard EN 16931
Read more about EU Digital Reporting Requirements (DRR)
Structured e-invoices mandated for intra-community supplies
EC Sales lists replaced by Digital Reporting Requirements
Withdrawal of EU permission requirements for e-invoicing
2 Platform economy July 2027: Travel & accommodation sharing platforms to become deemed supplier / liable to users' VAT. New definitions of the roles of providers, users and platforms to avoid double and no-taxation
Read more - Travel & accommodation platforms deemed suppliers for EU VAT
3 Single VAT Registration; extension of OSS July 2027: Following the 1 July 2021 introduction of the One Stop-Shop (OSS), extended to cover movement of own stocks prior to cross-border B2C to reduce the foreign, non-resident VAT registrations & returns. Plus to movements of own stock with ending of 'call-off' stock burden
More details on Single VAT Registration in the EU
Call-off stock VAT simplification ends
Harmonisation of B2B Reverse Charge rules

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