The Tax Take: EU must plug the €151bn Vat gap

The Tax Take: EU must plug the €151bn Vat gap

Dealing with Vat in the digital age has seriously blunted the authorities’ ability to collect tax

It’s about 20 years since I took my first ever delivery of an online product. The product in question was a piece of software designed to convert one obsolete computer file format to another. We wanted to publish our content, already on the market in traditional book form, on a shiny new website. The Californian developer of the software was very keen that we would take delivery by way of file download rather than on a floppy disk. With our superfast modem, it would only take about two or three hours. That would save us post and packaging and save him, as he put it, a few sales tax dollars.

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