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Taxes and Accounting  |  September 26, 2012 14:15:05

The House passed amendment to the Act on VAT, tax rates, the government proposal touched


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - MEPs on Wednesday approved the government's final reading of an amendment to the law on value added tax (VAT). It changes some rules on invoicing and tries to lead the fight against tax evasion, an attempt to preserve VAT rates for next year at 14 and 20 percent but the Social Democrats and public affairs came out.

The law raised the arm 91 legislators mainly from the ODS, TOP 09 and VV are not classified by the representatives of the people. Against, 39 votes, mostly from the CSSD deputies and Communists.

"It's transposition amendment, which we are obliged to introduce into national legislation, certain rules relating to such billing," said Standard Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek (TOP 09) with the fact that in the adaptation allows for example the equalization of paper and electronic documents.

"A large part of the standard also focuses on the fight against tax evasion of VAT. It is indeed amazing and fantastic tax, but assuming that they are all honest," said the Minister of Finance with the fact that not all companies are treated fairly, and is therefore need to toughen conditions.

Standard has therefore limit leaks "garage" companies that try to "buy now and sell on" and try to cut taxes in this way.

Adjustments relating to tax administration as well, where the Ministry seeks more effectively combat evasion of VAT. Novelty has the obligation to file a tax return electronically (Exceptions will only individuals with a turnover of up to six million), expansion data registers are kept for tax purposes and the tax adjustment period for newly registered taxpayers.

The amendment also has the option to enable the transfer of property for the statutory period as a chargeable event, this period will also be three years instead of five newly.

Standard changes the rules for changing the tax period and determine the reasons and procedures for de-registration by the tax payer for serious infringements against the payer's tax administration.

The Act also introduces the so-called Institute unreliable payer. The names of such persons are to be published, with the recipient of the service will be held liable for any unpaid tax provider performance. Adjustment comes into play when the time of the supply will be publicly known that it comes from such an unreliable payer.

More news brought comment procedure. On the basis of tax subjects are placed in the application for registration of its mandatory accounts used for economic activity.Using other accounts than thus recognized the newly reason for the recipient liable for the fulfillment of tax unpaid provider.

Social Democrats and public affairs failed to enforce voting on amendments that would preserve for next year's value-added tax at the rates 14 and 20 percent. The voting procedure it impossible standards reporter Pavel Suchanek (ODS).

"The government coalition missed opportunity to fix the value added tax to 14 and 20 percent for next year and risks so that there will be chaos, because the last moment is not at all clear whether it will be possible to prevent that from January 1 paid 17.5 percent higher tax at a reduced rate such as medicines, food, public transportation and more, "he said after the adoption of CSSD deputy chairman Jerome Tejc.

The coalition government considers the decision as extremely irresponsible, "has had enough votes to agree on any proposal. I am really very disappointed."

Similarly, the result of the vote is also recognized chief Catherine Klasnová VV deputies. "MEPs practically missed a last resort to maintain VAT at 14 and 20 percent. Rebels did not support the ODS procedure to this effect. Turns out that they are not about principles, but that was Petr Necas replaced as chairman of the Civic Democrats , "she said.

MEP Michal Babak (VV) joined the Public Affairs on Wednesday still sent to the legislative process, the draft amendment to the VAT Act, which would maintain the current tax rates for next year. "We propose that the rate remained 14 and 20 percent of Deputies discussed the amendment under Section 90," concluded Klasnová.Under the proposed procedure, the deputies could no longer agree with the law in the first reading, but first it must take a position the government.

If the government does not pass a tax package that adjusts next year VAT rate to 15 and 21 percent, unify the value added tax in accordance with applicable legislation at a uniform level of 17.5 percent. This will then mean more expensive food, medicine or printed, may in turn reduce the cost of electronics or services.

The bill will still decide the Senate. If the president signs it, will come into force on 1 January 2013.

Jan Kálal, Filip Nachtmann, kalal@mediafax.cz

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