Businesses supplying digital services across the European Union will be able to register for a new online VAT service from 20 October.
This will mean that they do not have to register VAT separately in each country where they do business.
To help the estimated 34,000 or so small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the changes, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has released a short YouTube video:
The digital services affected include most types of broadcasting, telecommunications and e-service supplies. Examples range from telephone services, supplies of music, films and games to downloads of apps, images, text or other information.
Sally Beggs, Deputy Director, Indirect Tax, HMRC, said:
The VAT MOSS will save digital services suppliers from having to register for VAT in every Member State where they do business, removing a significant administrative burden. Businesses with their main operation or headquarters in the UK will register with HMRC to use the service.
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