A New Weapon in the Fight against E-Commerce VAT Fraud: Information from Payment Service Providers

In December 2018, the European Commission tabled a proposal that requires payment service providers to record certain information on payment transactions and submit this information to the tax authorities of EU Member States. In this article, the authors address this proposal for collecting and sharing payment information on e-commerce transactions within the European Union. Although the authors see the need for collecting this information and welcome the EU approach, the authors also identify the areas in which the proposal could be improved.