Iain Blakeley

Barrister - Tax Expert - Business Adviser - Director, Professional, Practical, Fast, Affordable

Europe VAT

Low value import thresholds distort markets

An expert's report from the European Commission concludes low value import exemption thresholds cause major competitive distortions, including loss of VAT revenues, business closures, business relocations and booming new fulfilment industries. You can find the...

GST heat goes on internet sales

Debate is turning into action over taxing internet sales. The Australian Treasurer told media at the Council on Federal Financial Relations Meeting in Canberra on 9 April his Government will require overseas companies selling intangibles into Australia to register and...

Governments using lotteries to collect tax

Tax collectors in the EU are looking more closely at the use of lotteries to tackle VAT evasion. This paper, just published, discusses how existing lottery schemes work and reveals there could be upside for governments. It concludes more empirical evidence is needed...

VAT refunds for tourists

I recently traveled through Europe and Singapore. Now I'm not the world's biggest shopper by any means but I did spend enough to consider applying for a VAT refund as I left the EU. But consider it is all I did. When I saw the queues and paper work involved I decided...