how to comply with new VAT rules on the place of taxation of digital services that come into force on 1 January 2015
how to register for HMRC’s VAT Mini-One Stop Shop (MOSS) and still benefit from the UK’s VAT registration threshold for sales to UK consumers.
Affected are UK businesses that sell digital services cross-border to consumers in other EU Member States.
On 1 January 2015, the VAT rules for cross-border Business to Consumer supplies of ‘digital services’ (ie broadcasting, telecoms and e-services) will change. From that date, VAT must be accounted for in the Member State where the consumer normally lives, rather than where the supplier of the service is established.
The change means that sellers of digital services will no longer be able to unfairly undercut businesses in the UK by locating themselves in another EU Member State with a lower VAT rate. More information about these changes is available here.