Integrated SAP add-on solutions for SAF-T


Besides recently Poland, SAF-T is introduced now also for Lithuania and Norway. A fully integrated solution in SAP without an external interface or use of external software is available for Lithuania, Poland and Norway. Other countries will follow.

VAT neutrality has to be earned

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Often the question is asked what risk management even has to do with VAT/GST. The reasoning behind this question is that VAT/GST is typically cost neutral for most businesses: “a cash in and cash out” scenario. However, every indirect tax function knows that deductible input VAT and liable output VAT have to be managed separately to avoid substantial VAT assessments, penalties and interest payments. It is a risky business to monitor only the balance between output VAT and input VAT. Neutrality can only be achieved – better is the word ‘earned’ – if certain formal and material requirements are met.

VAT findings for benchmarking


Benchmarking exercises against trends in the indirect tax market can be done via global surveys that capture info on tax function, attitudes and priorities. These surveys are useful as they give insight into what others are facing or have faced and how you could improve yourself.

eInvoicing requirements in Italy per January 1, 2019

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Starting January 1, 2019, in Italy a mandatory electronic invoicing obligation will be in force for the supplies of goods or services. This e-invoicing obligation - similar like Spain and Hungary - is about detecting and combating VAT fraud/tax evasion, but also to stimulate company's to get ready for the digital age. Taxpayers will be forced to get their ERP systems to send and receive in XML format e-invoicing data via the Interchange System ('SDI').

Italy - Quarterly informative report VAT invoices data


The Italian authorities passed a series of measures aimed at detecting and combating tax fraud: "Quarterly informative report VAT invoices data". The aim is to get close to real-time information of company transactions, which will allow the tax authorities to perform a more efficient tax audit and reduce processing time. Companies face business challenges to implement these new requirements.

Commission develops TNA software to identify fraudulent networks

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To speed up the joint processing and analysis of data within Eurofisc, the Commission is currently developing TNA software for voluntary use by the Member States as of 2018.

SAF-T Portugal annual report obligation starting 2019

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In Portugal, in addition to the existing monthly SAF-T submission listing of all sales invoices for VAT purposes, businesses are required to provide annual accounting file in SAF-T format. According to a recent announcement from the Portuguese tax authorities, Despacho n.º 45/2018-XXI from 2 February 2018, the obligation to provide an annual file for completion of IES is delayed with one year.

High level: EU VAT system


A high level overview is provided of the EU VAT system: what is subject to VAT and the right and methods of VAT recoverability. It includes also a comparison with the US Sales and Use Taxes system.

VAT Fraud and liabilities

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59 percent of respondents (53 percent in 2014) expect the personal liability of compliance officers to increase in 2015, with 15 percent expecting a significant increase. Compliance officers or its Executives at firms as diverse as Swinton Insurance, Bank Leumi, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Brown Brothers Harriman and Deutsche Bank (DB: VAT fraud) having been fined, banned or jailed (or a combination).

SAF-T Poland per 1st July 2018 extended to taxpayers with more than 9 employees or 2 million EUR sales revenue


Filing SAF-T will be mandatory for large taxpayers: employ more than 250 people or 50 million EUR sales revenue irrespective of whether they are established in Poland or not. Per 1st July 2018 this extended to taxpayers with more than 9 employees or 2 million EUR sales revenue. In order to be able to comply with the requirements and provide the XML file on request in time, tooling needs either to be developed or purchased. 

Hungarian update: eInvoicing requirements starts 1 July 2018


From 1 July 2018, taxpayers are as stated earlier obliged to provide within 24 hours invoice data for domestic transactions with a minimum VAT amount of HUF 100,000 (approximately 322 EUR).

VAT function effectiveness


A key business objective in today’s complex regulatory environment is the promotion of shareholder confidence in a company’s financial statements. Finance functions of major multinationals operate within a corporate culture that places increasing emphasis on the core values of trust and integrity. Within this culture the overriding strategic imperative of many CFOs is to manage their company’s financial reporting obligations and avoid reputational risk.

Poland Whitelist of VAT taxpayers


Starting September 1, Poland will publish online a new database of VAT registered businesses. It is a list of VAT payers, which contains several important information about entities conducting business activity in Poland. The list will include, among others, bank account numbers of VAT taxpayers.

VAT determination of AP invoices


The purchase order (PO) and the vendor invoice are the VAT relevant data sources used to determine the VAT treatment of incoming invoices. However, the vendor invoice data is in general not available in SAP. In order to automate the VAT determination, it is essential that external information is added in an easy and intelligent way.

Approaches and models


A Tax Strategy should cover all taxes and all key business locations and should be aligned to the overall business strategy. A tax strategy document should also include guidelines as to acceptable planning, which is then further detailed in a Tax Planning Policy.