Indirect Tax News | Issue 1/2022 - January 2022

Welcome to the January 2022 issue of BDO’s Indirect Tax News. We start off the year with a robust line-up of developments and insights from around the globe. 

The two feature articles spotlight the EU: one article looks at a tumultuous period in EU-U.S. trading relations and the way forward and the second feature examines the agreement in the EU to update and modernise the reduced VAT rates rules. 

Courts have been active, with the CJEU confirming in a Hungarian case that VAT is levied only on consideration actually received. India’s Supreme Court has issued a decision that prevents a taxpayer from requesting a sizeable GST refund despite the fact that the taxpayer’s defence to incorrect filing was due to glitches in the Indian GST portal. 

Changes have been made to the VAT rates in the Bahamas, Bahrain, Indonesia and Laos. Ecuador’s president has been granted authority to reduce the VAT rate for persons providing specific tourism services and, in the UAE, guidance is provided on the VAT treatment of mobile phones and airtime packages. Finally, Sri Lanka’s tax authorities have clarified the targeted VAT exemptions for information technology and certain services.

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Content adapted from BDO Global.

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