The End of the VAT exemption for goods up to €22 – No Transitional Period
22 June 2021
As from 1st July 2021, the European Union will introduce new VAT e-commerce rules to...
The European Commission has presented its proposal to overhaul the outdated rules on the taxation of energy products in the European Union. The new rules aim to restructure the way energy products are taxed to remove current imbalances and take into account both their CO2 emissions and energy content. Existing energy taxes would be split into two components that, taken together, would determine the overall rate at which a product is taxed. The Commission wants to promote energy efficiency and consumption of more environmentally friendly products and to avoid distortions of competition in the Single Market. Taxation of energy products is to a certain extent harmonised at EU level.
The revised Energy Taxation Directive will allow Member States to make the best possible use of taxation and, ultimately, support "sustainable growth". To do so, it proposes splitting the minimum tax rate into two parts:
Social aspects are taken into account with the option for Member States to completely exempt energy consumed by households for their heating, no matter what energy product is used.
Long transitional periods for the full alignment of taxation of the energy content, until 2023, will leave time for industry to adapt to the new taxation structure.
The benefits of revising Energy Taxation
The proposal will now be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council and is expected to enter into force as of 2013. It foresees, where appropriate, a gradual introduction of the new taxation system.
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