The east European state of Moldova has introduced Value Added Tax obligations on non-resident providers and payment intermediaries of digital services through electronic networks to its consumers from 1 April 2020. This requires a simplified electronic services VAT registration. The standard VAT rate in Moldova is currently 20%.
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What digital services are liable to Moldovan VAT?
Income from the following services is subject to VAT:
- Streaming films and music
- SaaS or cloud-based software
- Automated e-learning
- Membership to club, dating and similar sites
VAT registrations and compliance
There is no VAT registration threshold in Moldova for non-resident digital service providers. Electronic VAT returns should be filed on a quarterly basis by the 25th of the following month. This should include VAT due.
B2B digital services excluded
B2B supplies by non-residents are excluded from the above. Instead, the Moldovan business customer should make a VAT payment directly to the tax office, to be deducted in their own next VAT return. This is effectively a Withholding VAT regime.
Europe VAT on digital services
|Country (click for details)||Rate||Date||Threshold||Comments|
|EU 27 member states||17% to 27%||Jan 2015||€10k EU residents; Nil for non-EU|
|Iceland||24%||Nov 2011||ISK 2 million|
|Norway||25%||Jul 2011||NOK 50,000|
|Russia||16.67%||Jan 2017||Nil||B2C & B2B|
|Switzerland||7.7%||Jan 2010||CHF 100,000 on global income|
|Ukraine||20%||Jan 2022||UAH 1m|