VAT on Financial and Insurance Services at the Dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The application of advances in innovation and communication technology (ICT), which underpin the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the advent of new players like tech and e-commerce companies are reshaping the financial and insurance sectors, contributing to redefine existing boundaries in both industries. Although both these phenomena offer a wealth of fresh opportunities for businesses and consumers alike, VAT liabilities for taxable persons operating in the financial and insurance sectors may constitute a hindrance to the ongoing change. In this article, the author examines the main areas in which such a change is most visible and seeks to assess the potential VAT issues that may materialize in each of these domains.