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UnscheduledCurrent Issues in European VAT

If you are dazed and confused about the myriad of upcoming EU VAT-related changes and the possible Brexit consequences, and wish to gain clarity about the key practical considerations from IBFD VAT experts, please join this course!   
In the same week, 19 - 20 May 2020, the European Value Added Tax Masterclass is scheduled. Participants who want to register for both courses can benefit from the special price for the combination of the two courses.
Please find the link to the VAT Bootcamp for more information and to register to both courses.
Please note: This course is not currently scheduled. The price, program and instructors are detailed as per the previous course for information purposes only and may be subject to change.
Tax Courses
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
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Client offer:
20% discount for IBFD Membership clients and 10% discount for Global Tax Explorer (Plus) clients.
Early Bird Discount: a 30% discount will be automatically applied for registrations received 60 days or more before the commencement of the course (cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts).
Current Issues in European VAT

Overview and learning objectives

The VAT system of the European Union has been undergoing a major change over the last few years, which transformation seriously challenges multinationals operating within the European Union or trading with EU firms and selling products/services to EU customers. Under the umbrella of the 2016 Action Plan on VAT [h1] (Towards a single EU VAT area – Time to decide and Time to act), the European Union tabled several new Council Directives aimed to remove obstacles to e-commerce, tackle the VAT gap, develop the definitive VAT regime and modernize VAT rates. The implications for businesses are many, far reaching and complex. This course will help participants to contemplate, interpret and prepare for the changes in an easy and practical manner. Topics to be discussed include both B2C and B2B aspects such as:

  • The future of MOSS and OSS concerning e-commerce B2C transactions, distance sales, goods and services
  • How to utilize the new quick fixes (call-of stock, chain transactions, VAT identification numbers and proof of transport)
  • What does the definitive VAT system mean for EU and non-EU businesses?
  • Quick update on VAT rates
  • New possible generalized reverse charge mechanism 
  • Special scheme for small enterprises
The course will also dedicate some time to Brexit to assist participants in their preparation for when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. Instructors will summarize the outcome of the by then closed negotiations between the UK and the EU with a special focus on the withdrawal agreement, and look at the VAT/customs consequences of all possible scenarios for EU, UK and third-country businesses (e.g. the UK stays part of the EU; the UK exits the EU without a deal and becomes a third country; the UK becomes part of the EU Customs Union).

Field of study


Who should attend?

The course is suitable for VAT advisers, government officials, in-house tax counsel, managers and general tax practitioners, with at least three years’ experience in the field of VAT, who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the impact of the recent changes (proposed and/or implemented) to the EU VAT system and Brexit.

Course level and prerequisites

This is an intermediate-level course. The course is designed for tax practitioners who have a good understanding of the basic features of VAT in the European Union and who want to learn more about complex issues and arrangements that are of particular interest to businesses operating in an international, cross-border scenario.

Pre-course preparation

In order to participate in this particular course, no advance preparation is necessary. Participants will have access to relevant online collections on the IBFD Tax Research Platform for a period of two weeks.

Interactive course - "Group Live" 

To safeguard the interactive nature of the course, including group discussions and case studies, a maximum of 32 participants will be accepted. Early registration is therefore recommended.

We invite you to send us in advance any technical, content-related questions you may have. During the course we will try to address your specific questions, but please note that this will depend on the amount of time available, the relevance of the questions and the order in which the questions are received.
Should you have a question, please send it to

Disclaimer: The information provided during the course has been prepared solely for the instruction of course participants. This information is not intended to constitute advice on any particular matter.

Continuing Professional Education

Recommended NASBA CPE points for this course: 5.5 (in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE points, CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour). Read more information on CPE points and accreditation for IBFD International Tax Courses.

Course fee and registration details

The course fee covers participation in the course, all course materials, lunch, coffee/tea and refreshments. The costs of accommodation and transport are not covered. If you have any other questions regarding attendance of the course, travel arrangements, payments and cancellations, please consult our FAQ.

  • Recent developments and current issues in the field of VAT
  • E-commerce package
  • Quick fixes
  • Definitive VAT system and VAT rates
  • Brexit consequences
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