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News article25 May 2018Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union


Commission proposes final technical measures to create a future fraud-proof EU VAT system

The Commission has today proposed the detailed technical amendments to the October 2017 proposal on an overhaul of the EU rules on VAT to make the VAT system more fraud-resilient.

In the October proposal, the Commission proposed the main principles for the creation of a single EU VAT area which would help to shut down the estimated €50 billion in fraud currently affecting national budgets annually in EU Member States.

With the proposal of these technical measures, the Commission hopes that Member States will kick-start discussions on the broader principles or 'cornerstones' of a simpler and resilient definitive EU VAT system for the trade in goods within the EU.

These four cornerstones are:

- Simplification of how goods are taxed,
- Creation of a single online portal ('One Stop Shop') for traders
- Reduced administrative burden
- Making the seller responsible for VAT collection in most cases

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Publication date
25 May 2018
Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union