Donato Raponi is Head of VAT at the EU Commission. His name may be familiar to you because he was one of the key recipients of the December EU VAT Twitter Storm and the ‘write to your MEP’ campaign at the end of last year. He is one of the top decision-makers on the EU VAT legislation. Following lobbying from you, some dedicated MEPs, some of the campaign’s supporters in the EU Commissions and the EU VAT Action Team, he has agreed to a meeting in the next 10 working days, to discuss options on the new EU VAT rules.
He met with Syed Kamall and Vicky Ford, two British MEPs, today. They presented data we had collated for them, including a wide range of case studies and survey responses, and also evidence of why payment providers, including PayPal, can’t fix the problems faced by micro businesses for this new legislation. They took him through how things are going, since the January 1st implementation. This data proves that the EU VAT legislation causes major problems for micro businesses Europe-wide (actually worldwide) and is not just a UK problem, which was a vital point for Raponi’s team.
Donato Raponi is now beginning to understand the hugely devastating unintended consequences of the new EU VAT rules on place of supply, which have brought boardroom levels of complexity to the kitchen tables of the world’s micro businesses.
We will be representing you in Brussels at the next meeting with Mr. Raponi, supported by the MEPs.
Emma Jones from Enterprise Nation and possibly some businesses representing typical case studies will also be invited, so there will be a strong, well-informed and experienced team to make sure your voice is heard.
We will be presenting the latest data and case studies, as well as lobbying Mr. Raponi’s team to:
Immediately issue a derogation for micro businesses so that they are no longer subject to the new EU VAT rules, but instead revert to their Member State’s previous VAT regulations.
This would remove the unjustifiable burden of this legislation from all businesses below the EU’s definition of €2 million turnover.
We are not making any promises. But the fact that Donato Raponi has agreed to meet us is incredible progress and has taken several months of hard work from the groups who are involved in supporting this campaign.
How You Can Help:
- Write to your MEPs and ask them to tell Donato Raponi specifically how the legislation is a problem for you. Please do this ASAP!
- And if you would be prepared to be a ‘post-implementation’ case study for us to take with us to the meeting, please let us know via the comments.
We will let you know as soon as we have any more news.
In the meantime, please join our group on Facebook to make sure you hear about the next Action Challenge, which we’ll be announcing tomorrow. It’s a really important one – and it’s going to be fun!
Clare & the EU VAT Action Team