Tackling VAT Fraud: Thirteen Ways Forward

10 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2013

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Richard Thompson Ainsworth

NYU - Graduate Tax Program; Boston University - School of Law

Date Written: August 13, 2013


In a May 31, 2006 Communication to the Council, the European Parliament, and the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Commission indicated a need to develop a coordinated strategy to improve the fight against fiscal fraud [COM (2006) 254 final]. Although the Communication considers fiscal fraud broadly (VAT, excise duties and direct taxes) the most pressing need seems to be for a VAT strategy that will effectively deal with carousel fraud.

This paper considers thirteen proposals that deal with missing trader intra-community fraud (MTIC):

(1) Common VAT (origin system) (2) Vanistendael’s foreign tax offices proposal (3) CVAT (Compensating VAT) (4) VIVAT (Variable Integrated VAT) (5) Dual VAT – HST version (6) Dual VAT – QST version (7) PVAT (Prepaid VAT) (8) Mittler Model (9) Reverse charge model – with input tax settlement (10) Reverse charge model – with joint and several liability (11) Pay first model – non-cash payment (trust account) (12) Pay first model – cash payment (tax stamp system) (13) Digital VAT – D-VAT

Keywords: Common VAT, Origin system, Vanistendael, CVAT, VIVAT, Dual VAT, PVAT, Mittler Model, Reverse charge, Pay first, Digital VAT, D-VAT

JEL Classification: H26, H29, K34

Suggested Citation

Ainsworth, Richard Thompson, Tackling VAT Fraud: Thirteen Ways Forward (August 13, 2013). Boston Univ. School of Law, Law and Economics Research Paper No. 13-36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2309389 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2309389

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