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A Vatcoin Proposal Following On The 2017 Eu Vat Proposals - Mtic, Vatcoin, And Blockchain, Richard Thompson Ainsworth, Musaad Alwohaibi, Michael Cheetham, Camille V. Tirand Dec 2017

A Vatcoin Proposal Following On The 2017 Eu Vat Proposals - Mtic, Vatcoin, And Blockchain, Richard Thompson Ainsworth, Musaad Alwohaibi, Michael Cheetham, Camille V. Tirand

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The following proposal for an EU VATCoin was presented at the Digital Tax Transformations Conference, December 18 & 19, 2017 in Vienna, Austria at WU Global Tax Policy Center (WU GTPC) at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law of Vienna University of Business and Economics.

The EU Commission has proposed “far-reaching reforms” to solve some of the fraud in the EU VAT. It hopes to capture €50 billion lost annually to MTIC fraud in goods. It hopes to do this without addressing tradable services, a MTIC mutation which by all accounts is running strong.

Fortunately, the Commission is open ...


Charitable Giving, Tax Expenditures, And Direct Spending In The United States And The European Union, Lilian Faulhaber Sep 2014

Charitable Giving, Tax Expenditures, And Direct Spending In The United States And The European Union, Lilian Faulhaber

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This Article compares the ways in which the United States and the European Union limit the ability of state-level entities to subsidize their own residents, whether through direct subsidies or through tax expenditures. It uses four recent charitable giving cases decided by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to illustrate the ECJ’s evolving tax expenditure jurisprudence and argues that, while this jurisprudence may suggest a new and promising model for fiscal federalism, it may also have negative social policy implications. It also points out that the court analyzes direct spending and tax expenditures under different rubrics despite their economic ...


A Perfect Storm In The Eu Vat: Kittel, R, And Marc, Richard Thompson Ainsworth May 2012

A Perfect Storm In The Eu Vat: Kittel, R, And Marc, Richard Thompson Ainsworth

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EU VAT authorities are close to turning the tables on missing traders. For many years organized fraudsters have been stealing huge amounts of VAT on the domestic re-sale of exempt cross-border supplies. Losses have been enormous whether the transactions are in goods (notably cell phones and computer chips) or in tradable services (CO2 permits and VoIP). No market has been safe from the fraudsters. Answers are developing, but these answers may look more like Armageddon than measured enforcement. Solutions are so draconian, and so all-encompassing that very few intra-community traders will feel safe from the gathering storm. The situation is ...


Transfer Pricing: The Cup – Case Studies: Australia, Us, Uk, Norway And Canada, Richard Thompson Ainsworth, Andrew Shact Feb 2012

Transfer Pricing: The Cup – Case Studies: Australia, Us, Uk, Norway And Canada, Richard Thompson Ainsworth, Andrew Shact

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All transfer pricing regimes give priority to the comparable uncontrolled price (CUP) method. Despite declarations that transfer pricing is a search for the “best method” or “most appropriate method,” all systems concede that the search is over when an exact comparable is found because a CUP is preferred over all methods. The best CUP is an exact CUP because it provides an arm’s length price that is not calculated. The price emerges directly from the comparison. CUPs have traditionally been the most commonly applied method for both taxpayers and the government. They are the judicial gold standard. They hold ...


Black Swans: Recapitulative Statements/Vies (Vat) & Use Tax Reciprocity (Rst), Richard Thompson Ainsworth Feb 2012

Black Swans: Recapitulative Statements/Vies (Vat) & Use Tax Reciprocity (Rst), Richard Thompson Ainsworth

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There is fundamentally no difference between a value added tax (VAT), and a retail sales tax (RST) when it comes to collecting the tax on cross-border sales. If (under a VAT) a seller is allowed to “zero-rate” cross-border sales, or if (under a RST) a seller is exempt from collecting the tax on cross-border sales, the critical enforcement question is exactly the same – how does the system assure that the buyer will self-assess (and pay) the tax? The simple answer is that the tax administration audits. The more complicated answer notes that the effectiveness of the audit (by the destination ...


The Digital Vat (D-Vat), Richard Thompson Ainsworth Jan 2006

The Digital Vat (D-Vat), Richard Thompson Ainsworth

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The most sustained U.S. tax policy debate of the past 30 years concerns proposals to replace and/ or supplement the Federal Income Tax with a consumption tax. Public finance economists and legal tax policy scholars challenged and defended the current income tax system on grounds of fairness, efficiency, and simplicity.

This debate over revamping the national taxing scheme has not been argued purely in the academic forum. Concrete legislative proposals have been advanced for a national retail sales tax, a European-style Value Added Tax, as well as a whole host of what David Bradford calls "the two-tiered consumption taxes ...