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Estonia uses veto to delay ViDA Implementation: What You Need to Know

By Ioana Ploesteanu, Product Marketing Manager, Tradeshift

The proposed EU VAT reform package, ViDA (VAT in the Digital Age), faced a roadblock yesterday as Estonia exercised its veto right. This delays the adoption of the regulation and pushes back key e-invoicing implementation timelines.

What Happened?

On May 14th, 2024, ViDA was blocked by Estonia which used its veto expressing concern for the second pillar – Platform Economy Rules. The current Belgian Presidency of the EU Council is likely to reattempt an agreement with Estonia by the next ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Affairs Council), 21 June 2024.

What is ViDA?

ViDa is a significant initiative aimed at modernizing the VAT system within the EU zone to suit the digital economy. It includes a range of measures designed to facilitate cross-border trade, combat VAT fraud, and reduce administrative burdens on businesses.

The ViDA program has 3 currently “pillars” and milestones on the timeline with an expected delayed launch timetable – likely shifting from 2025-2027 to 2026-2030.

The 3 pillars of ViDA (VAT in the Digital Age)

  1. Digital Reporting Requirements (DRR): This pillar will involve a real-time digital reporting system that facilitates smoother data exchange between businesses and tax authorities. The focus is on generalizing e-invoicing and standardizing the information that businesses need to submit for each transaction with tax authorities.
  2. Platform Economy Rules: This pillar addresses the challenges of the platform economy, particularly in sectors like short-term accommodation rentals and passenger transport services. ViDA aims to clarify existing VAT rules for these platforms and potentially enhance their role in VAT collection.
  3. Single EU VAT Registration: This pillar aims to simplify VAT registration for businesses that operate across multiple EU countries. Currently, businesses may need to register for VAT in each country they operate in, which can be a complex and time-consuming process. A single EU VAT registration would streamline this process and reduce administrative burdens.

Original Timetable vs. Current Status of ViDA Implementation

Original Timetable (Now Delayed):

  • Single VAT Registration & Platform Economy Pillars – Originally 2025
  • Digital Reporting Requirements Pillar – Originally 2028

Current Status:

  • Single VAT Registration & Platform Economy Pillars  – Now Uncertain: The exact implementation date for these pillars is unclear due to the ongoing discussions and the Estonian veto.
  • Digital Reporting Requirements Pillar – Now Likely July 2030: The introduction of digital reporting requirements for intra-community supplies is expected around July 2030.

Our take: Standardization, up to a point

One of the central aims of ViDA is to create a common standard for e-invoicing across Europe. Even so, there will be significant differences in how individual countries implement new mandatory e-invoicing regulations.

Filing requirements, timelines and technical specifics will vary significantly from one country to the next. Individual countries will also have different criteria about what data needs to be reported, adding another layer of complexity for organisations operating in multiple jurisdictions.

We’re already seeing these variations crop up in countries such as Romania, Poland and France, where governments are moving ahead with e-invoicing mandates. Businesses should look to partner with a global solution provider capable of navigating this complexity. That’s where we come in.

Staying prepared and informed with ever-changing mandates is a full-time job, but for Tradeshift supporting new compliance regulations is ‘business as usual’ and part of our commitment to enable buyers and sellers to transact compliantly. Ask us how to become compliant.

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