The times of VAT in the Digital Age

The period 2024-2028 is going to be a big challenge for all VAT enthusiasts. Tax administrations, businesses and VAT experts will need to adapt to a number of developments that will re-shape the way VAT is managed.

It will be time of electronic invoicing, digital reporting, increasingly large OSS returns and platforms collecting the VAT. In addition, we will see a new special regime for small businesses and new obligations for payment service providers will appear.

Undoubtedly, the coming years will be a major challenge for the VAT world.

February 8th 2024 ONLINE EVENT

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Fernando Matesanz
| President Madrid VAT Forum. Managing Director Spanish VAT Services; VAT Expert Group EU Commission.

09:30 - 09:45 Opening of the day.

Marcos Álvarez Suso
| Senior Tax Auditor, Spanish Tax Administration.

09:45 - 10:30 Presentation of the status of VAT in the Digital Age proposal.

In the second half of year 2023, Spain assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. During this period, negotiations on the ViDA proposal have been intense, with significant progress towards the adoption of the proposal. In this presentation we will speak about what has been done with ViDA in those six months of the year and the current status of the proposal.

Marcos Álvarez Suso

Madeleine Merkx
|  BDO The Netherlands; VAT Expert Group EU Commission.

10:30 ~ 11:15 Fuel Cards and VAT. Understanding the implications of the Vega International Case (C-235/18).

The VAT Committee´s guidelines on fuel card scheme will have a big impact for businesses. These guidelines could affect not only the fuel card industry but also other intermediary structures. The presentation will seek to clarify the implications of these types of activities.

Madeleine Merkx

11:15 - 11:45 Break

Gorka Echevarria
| Global VAT Leader Lexmark. Tax Executives Institute, EMEA Chapter. Editorial Board of the International VAT Monitor. //

Alfredo Espada
| Group Head of Indirect Tax, Sandoz. Tax Technology Vice Chair at TEI EMEA Chapter.

11:45 ~ 12:15 VAT Gap. How to tackle the endemic illness affecting the VAT system in a business-friendly manner?

Reducing the VAT Gap is a very important task that affects tax administrations and taxable persons. However, there can be many ways to fight this VAT Gap, some of them friendlier than others. This presentation will address this topic from the business´ perspective.


Richard Asquith
| CEO VAT Calc.

12:15 ~ 13:00 E-Invoicing and digital reporting: understanding its importance

E-invoicing is not the future, it is already the present. It is a reality in many countries around the world. Its implications for VAT are enormous. There are many challenges while getting VAT-side of E-invoicing right. An incorrect implementation will lead to  increased questions and audits.

Richard Asquith

13:00 - 15:00 Lunch Break

Fabiola Annacondia
| Senior Principal VAT, IBFD. VAT Expert Group EU Commission.

Laura Alarcon-Diaz 
| Principal VAT, IBFD

15:00 ~ 15:30 The liability of platforms in the collection of VAT. A global trend

Digital platforms that facilitate goods and services have become a key player in the world of VAT. Tax administrations in many countries around the world use these platforms as major information providers and also as VAT collectors. The responsibility they are taking on is, therefore, enormous and everything seems to indicate that this situation will increase in the coming years with more goods and services falling under the VAT responsibility of platforms.

Laura Alarcon-Diaz Principal VAT, IBFD

Fernando Matesanz
| Spanish VAT Services; Madrid VAT Forum Foundation.

15:30 ~ 16:00 2025: The new special scheme for small enterprises. Directive 2020/285

Directive 2020/285 introduces a new special scheme for small enterprises with effect from January 2025. This scheme exempts SMEs with an annual turnover below a certain threshold from charging and deducting VAT. In the presentation, we will explain the content of the regime and its complexities.


Francisco Javier Sánchez Gallardo
| State Treasury Inspector. Former Member of the Central Economic-Administrative Court. Former Deputy Director (VAT) in the Spanish Sub-directorate General of the Directorate General of Taxes.

16:15 ~ 16:45 Analysis of recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on VAT (CJEU)

Francisco Javier Sánchez Gallardo. State Treasury Inspector. Former Member of the Central Economic-Administrative Court. Former Deputy Director (VAT) in the Spanish Sub-directorate General of the Directorate General of Taxes.

We will end the day with a review of recent, controversial and interesting case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union on VAT.


16:45 – 17:00 Closing remarks and end of the day

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