The Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS) is an electronic platform available from 1 July 2021 that enables businesses to comply with their VAT e-commerce obligations for distance sales of imported goods.
The IOSS platform enables suppliers and electronic interfaces that sell imported goods to buyers in the EU to collect, declare, and pay VAT to the relevant tax authorities. This eliminates the need for buyers to pay VAT at the moment the goods are imported into the EU, which was previously required for goods valued over 22 EUR.
The IOSS provides several advantages to sellers, including simplified VAT collection, declaration, and payment procedures for distance sales of imported goods to buyers in the EU. The IOSS also benefits buyers by charging them at the time of purchase, thereby avoiding any unexpected fees upon delivery. If a seller is not registered in the IOSS, the buyer must pay VAT and potentially a customs clearance fee charged by the transporter.
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