E-commerce package – VAT changes from July 1

As part of the e-commerce package VAT exemptions for the import of goods in so-called small parcel countries up to 22 euros in all EU Member States. In addition, Internet sales platforms will be charged with the obligation to collect and pay VAT on certain transactions carried out through them.

For buyers, these changes mean that Internet purchases made outside the European Union – most often in China – will be more expensive. And it is precisely shopping on platforms like AliExpress that has become very popular in recent years. Attractive prices and often atypical products attract many customers, also Polish, who are ready to wait weeks for orders sent from China (recently the shipping time for some parcels has been shortened).

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Finished 10 million shipments per year, and according to the report of the European Court of Auditors only 35 percent. When shopping in Asia, VAT is charged and the EU loses annually up to 3.8 billion euros. Regulations are in place an attempt to limit the influx parcels with untaxed goods from third countries to the European Union i regulating competition between European platforms and Chinese platforms.

– The solutions included in the e-commerce package facilitate the settlement of VAT on the sale of goods and services to consumers in other EU Member States. In addition to that, certainly they will improve the competitiveness of European and Polish entrepreneurs compared to those outside the EU– said Tadeusz Kościński, Minister of Finance, Funds and Regional Policy in April.

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