Ecommerce Europe and its Polish member, the Chamber of Digital Economy, joined forces for a Workshop on VAT, Digital Taxation and Split Payment in Warsaw

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On Monday 8 October, Ecommerce Europe and the Chamber of Digital Economy organized a successful joint workshop, kindly hosted by Allegro in Warsaw, to raise awareness and discuss about important topics for online merchants. The Workshop focused on three main topics. Ms. Aleksandra Woś (Advicero Tax) presented the content of the VAT E-commerce Reform adopted in December 2017 by the EU Member States and the challenges of its implementation. Marta Kasztelan (Sowiński & Partners and e-Chamber coordinator for tax matters) presented the status of the split payment system in Poland.

Alan Rhode and Luca Cassetti (Ecommerce Europe) presented the European Commission’s plans with regard to the taxation of the digital economy. In particular, Ecommerce Europe’s presentation focused on the concerns that European and national e-commerce associations have about the introduction of an interim EU-wide revenue-based tax on certain digital services, also called the DST. In a nutshell, Ecommerce Europe explained to participants – which included also representative from the Polish Ministries of Finance and Digital Affairs – that the EU merchants and, ultimately, consumers will bear the economic burden of the DST, even if they are not the target of such a tax. Luca Cassetti also presented some new studies that basically confirm all Ecommerce Europe’s concerns on the Digital Services Tax. Overall, participants agreed with Ecommerce Europe that the taxation of the digital economy is a global issue, which requires a global solution at OECD level. Unilateral solutions, such as the EU DST or national initiatives could damage the multilateral order and consequently increase the risk of retaliation from third countries.

This is the second (digital) taxation workshop organized jointly by Ecommerce Europe and one of its national associations. In fact, before summer, Ecommerce Europe visited Händlerbund, the German e-commerce association, to discuss with its members not only about these topics but also about parcel delivery matters. More will come in the coming months. For more information, please contact lucacassetti@ecommerce-europe.eu.

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