The OECD has published its international VAT/GST Guidelines, which are expected to be approved in 2016.
Jurisdictions are encouraged to use existing bilateral, regional or multilateral arrangements on mutual co-operation to practically comply with the Guidelines. The soft-law guidelines provide additional insight into the taxability of intangibles and services.
Links to EY’s Indirect Tax Alert and the OECD Guidelines are provided for reference.
As indirect taxes are becoming more significant and visible, it is apparent that the governance of such taxes should be coordinated with direct taxes in multinational organisations for significant transactions and conformity of principles. This area of tax is also increasingly specialized, with potential risks that should be considered in a global tax risk framework.