VAT Fundamentals for U.S. Companies Buying or Selling in the European Union

Ensuring VAT and U.S. Use Tax Compliance on Goods and Services Transactions

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Recording of a 110-minute CPE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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Course Materials

This course will give U.S. transactional tax specialists a grounding in the most relevant aspects of European value-added tax (VAT). The panel will discuss recent VAT rules regarding international services, determining the application of such regulations, registration and exemptions, and overcoming compliance and reporting challenges.


As U.S. companies expand, the odds increase that their transactional tax professionals and advisers will need to be aware of the components of compliance aspects of VAT, particularly in the EU. Tax professionals must have in-depth knowledge of VAT rules and regulations of the EU and their implications to U.S. companies.

A solid grounding in VAT fundamentals (e.g., necessary paperwork and implications of exemptions such as for exports to non-EU member countries) serves U.S. tax professionals well. Awareness of the latest actions, such as country rate changes and the place-of-supply rules is also crucial.

Listen as our panel of seasoned transactional tax advisers explores fundamental concepts you need to help steer your company to proper VAT compliance.



  1. Basics of the European VAT tax base
  2. Recent changes to VAT rules and regulations for the EU and some other countries
  3. VAT compliance issues for U.S. taxpayers
  4. Recent changes to VAT rules and regulations for the EU


The panel will address these and other VAT basics:

  • What is VAT and when and how does it apply to a North American company?
  • Understanding the application of VAT in the EU and other countries
  • VAT registration for warehousing and drop-shipments, e-commerce, sales services, digital services and organizing conferences
  • Recent changes to VAT rules and regulations for the EU
  • VAT compliance: necessary paperwork on transactions
  • VAT rules: key changes, e.g., the place-of-supply rules for services


Eriksson, Britta
Britta Eriksson

President and CEO
Euro VAT Refund

Ms. Eriksson's consulting clients on VAT matters include Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Commerce Department,...  |  Read More

Kelly, Simon
Simon Kelly

Senior Manager

Mr. Kelly has worked with senior decision makers in startups, Fortune 500 businesses and public sector organizations to...  |  Read More

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