The Excise Act was amended on 13 October 2022 with effect from 13 February 2023. The amendments are primarily made to transpose Council Directive (EU) 2020/262 of 19 December 2019 laying down the general arrangements for excise duty (recast) (the “new directive”), which will replace Council Directive 2008/118/EC of 16 December 2008 concerning the general arrangements for excise duty and repealing Directive 92/12/EEC (the “old directive”). More amendments stem from the CJEU’s ruling of 13 January 2022 concerning Mono SIA vs the State Revenue Service (SRS). The court disallows a situation where the ability of diplomatic and consular offices to claim an excise exemption is subject to the condition that payment for goods be made by bank transfer. This article summarises some of the key amendments to the Excise Act.
Now that the concept of remote work has become an everyday occurrence, many companies are considering ways to adapt their online staff motivation and team-building events to the new conditions. This article explores the State Revenue Service’s opinion on staff sustainability events held within one department of an organisation and on catering expenses being included in staff sustainability event expenses (“SSEE”) if an event is held remotely.
Several EU member states are taking the taxation of employee share ownership plans in startup companies a step further. Their national rules make share plans far more attractive to startup employees and provide a more founder-friendly environment. While the rules aim to ensure startups give their employees a stake in the company, there are many solutions countries can use to achieve this goal.
When it comes to performing accounting or any other duties where data processing takes a long time or where you regularly need to perform some repetitive or similar activities and processes, it’s great to keep easy-to-use tools handy. As we are putting together courses at PwC’s Digital Academy, we would like to tell you about a tool that will make your daily tasks much easier to do. Power Query is a data preparation and transformation tool available in Microsoft Power BI and, starting from the 2016 version, in Microsoft Excel and other programs. This tool allows users to obtain data from a variety of external data sources and from files stored on computer. It allows you to group and transform data and perform other activities. This article offers a few practical examples to raise awareness of how this functionality can be used and what benefits it offers.
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