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Debates
Thursday, 13 October 2011 - Brussels Revised edition

The future of VAT (debate)
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  Vilja Savisaar-Toomast (ALDE), in writing. (ET) In view of the significant role of value-added tax in the harmonisation of differences in taxation, for the development of a common internal market and the reduction of bureaucracy, and in order to safeguard Member States’ value-added tax revenues, I am glad that we were able to consider this topic. I believe that this report, which examines the amendment of the system for value-added tax, is important because it offers a solution to the problem that has arisen in the transport sector, offering equal opportunities to all modes of transport. Member States should ensure that similar goods and services receive like treatment in the application of value-added tax, and should also ensure that value-added tax is applied uniformly to different cross-border transport services, regardless of the mode of transport. Also, taking into consideration the public interest and social and environmental arguments, I support the proposal made in the report to introduce lower rates of value-added tax or zero rates for public transport (urban public transport, inner city transport and regional transport). Considering that 99% of entrepreneurs in the European Union are small and medium-sized enterprises, this is also of great importance in the reduction of the administrative burdens facing SMEs. The report states that administrative burdens should be reduced by 25% by 2012. The measures offered in this report include a clause that refers to the broader implementation of e-governance solutions, primarily in the electronic submission of value-added tax declarations and records. Since Estonia has had an effective system of e-governance in recent decades, I concur with the proposed resolution.

 
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