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Input Flash September 2010


Deadline for VAT refund claims 2009 extended to 31 March 2011

The European Parliament approved on 22 September 2010 the proposal for a Council directive that extends the deadline for submitting VAT refund claims relating to 2009. The European Council is expected to issue the new Directive shortly.

The VAT Refund Directive, which came into effect on 1 January 2010, provides that a refund claim for VAT incurred in other EU Member States during 2009 had to be filed by 30 September 2010. The refund claim must be submitted electronically via a portal in the home country and is subsequently forwarded to the relevant Member States. All related communications also are made electronically.

However, because some Member States have experienced difficulties implementing the electronic procedure in practice (e.g. refund claims could not be sent to the Member State in question) it was proposed to extend the due date for refund claims on VAT incurred in 2009 to 31 March 2011.

Despite some minor technical difficulties that persist with the Luxembourg portal, the Luxembourg based VAT taxpayers can now introduce their claims via the electronic portal, that can be accessed at the following address:

Being deeply experienced in the e-VAT system and in these procedures, Deloitte VAT team can also assist your company for any of those claims.



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