Across the globe indirect VAT/GST rules are being amended to ensure that foreign digital suppliers become liable for the collection and remittance of these taxes.
This pace of change, from a taxation perspective, is rapid. In the first half of 2017 alone Russia, Serbia, Taiwan, India, and Australia all amended their indirect taxation laws (or in India’s case introduced a whole new system).
The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has already approved the destination-based principle in Action 1 of its Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) report.
Digital disruption has laid waste to numerous traditional industries, from the ramifications of internet publishing on the print media to the effects of the Uber and AirBnB models on the car travel and lodging sectors.
An increasingly connected (and smartphone-obsessed) population expects this disruption. Today, consumption is all about the now economy. It is now easier than ever, thanks to infrastructural advances in broadband and WiFi, for consumers to access digital content from anywhere in the world.
There have been some major digital tax developments in the Asia-Pacific region this month. In early February 2016 Ernst & Young urged the Singapore Government to introduce a new tax on international digital service suppliers in the island city-state’s 2016 Budget. Photo: Pixabay
The Asia-Pacific region, in general, has been very active in the realm of digital taxation.
In October 2015 Japan amended their consumption tax laws. Now, all foreign businesses supplying digital services to Japanese consumers must collect and remit an 8% consumption tax to the Japanese tax authorities.