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09
October
Posting of workers in France: increase of the administrative fine price.

On September 5, 2018 Law No. 2018-771 on administrative penalties relating to the posting of workers in France was published.

Any employer who has not issued a certificate of posting or who has not appointed a representative may be fined up to a maximum of 4,000 € per posted employee. In case of reiteration within two years from the date of notification of the first fine, a fine of up to € 8,000 may be applied. The total amount of the fine may not exceed € 500,000.

For more information do not hesitate to consult the article L1264-3 of the Labor Code.

October 2018

19
September
Posting of drivers in Italy

The 21rst of June 2017, regulation n.96, concerning the new posting of workers and employment of drivers in cabotage operations, provides for each vehicle to have on board:

  • Certificate of posting.
  • Employment contract or an equivalent document.
  • The schedules and the compensation of the driver.
  • A1 Form from the National Insurance

A driver traveling without these mandatory documents faces a fine from € 1,000 up to € 10,000. However the driver can benefit from a discount of 30% if the fine is paid within the following 5 days.

September 2018

12
September
Diesel tax: what you can recover

The first semester of 2018 has ended. Please find the refunding rates per country below:

  • Belgian excises: € 221.34 /m3 (Average rate)
  • Italian excises: € 214.18 /m3
  • TICPE: € 177.50 /m3
  • Slovenian excises: € 84.99 /m3 (Average rate)
  • Hungarian excises: € 22.54 /m3
  • Gasoleo Profesional: € 1/m3 + refund of the regional tax

For more information on diesel tax recovery, do not hesitate to consult our webpage or to contact us.

September 2018

18
June
CNG: What is recoverable?

Do you drive on natural gas and want to know your rights to recover taxes on this product?
Eurovat recovers for you the VAT on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
However, no excise duty is recoverable on this product, in any European country.

More information on VAT reclaim.

June 2018

21
March
TICPE : Increase of the refund rate for the 1st half-year of 2018

New refund rate for the transport of goods:

1st half-year of 2018 : € 177.50 /m³ (vs € 114.20 for the 2nd half year of 2017)

New refund rate for the transport of travelers:

1st half-year of 2018 : € 217.30 /m³ (vs € 154.20 for the 2nd half year of 2017)

The increase of these refund rates is proportional to the TICPE increase.

More information on Diesel tax reclaim.

March 2018

22
January
Decrease in the VAT rate in Switzerland

Since January 2018, the VAT rate applicable in Switzerland has decreased to 7.7% instead of 8% previously.

For other EU countries, VAT rates remain unchanged. Do not hesitate to consult the rates on our “VAT reclaim” page.

January 2018

17
January
Diesel taxes: Increase in the French TICPE and the Belgian excise duties

French TICPE:

Since the 1st January 2018, the regional rates of TICPE have increased by almost 8 cents per liter of diesel.

As a result, the TICPE refund rate should be around € 175 / m3 for the first half year 2018.

Belgian excise duties:

The refund rate for the Belgian excise duties has increased to € 186 /m3 (since January 2018) instead of € 177.4 /m3 for the 4th quarter of 2017.

January 2018

29
November
Posting of workers in Luxembourg:

The posting of workers in Luxembourg has evolved since the law of the 14th March 2017. You can now declare your posted drivers online to the Inspectorate of Labour and Mines (“the ITM”) to obtain their social badge before the beginning of the work in Luxembourg.

Do not hesitate to contact us, Eurovat can provide you with helpful documentation upon request.

November 2017

07
November
Posting of workers in Belgium:

The obligations for the posting of workers in Belgium do not concern the international transport sector, excepted in case of cabotage.

November 2017

18
October
Posting of workers in Austria:

Since the 1st January 2017 employers must report the employment of posted workers in Austria, regardless of their nationality and according to Section 19 paragraph 7 of the Austrian Wage Protection Act and Social Dumping (Lohn- und Sozialdumping-Bekämpfungsgesetz – LSD-BG).

You can visit the website: https://service.bmf.gv.at/service/anwend/formulare/show_det.asp?Typ=SD&STyp=&MIdVal=26751&s=zko3

Do not hesitate to contact us, Eurovat can provide you with helpful documentation upon request.

October 2017

26
September
Posting of workers in Germany: obligation to declare your employees on the MiLoG portal (MindestLohn-Gesetz)

Foreign companies carrying out transport operations in Germany must pay their posted drivers on the basis of the German minimum wage: currently at € 8.84/hour.

Furthermore, since the 1st of January 2017, it is necessary to create an account and to declare your posted employees in Germany via the website MiLoG (MindestLohn-Gesetz), made available by the German Customs.

At the request of German Customs, you must be able to provide:

  • Certificate of posting
  • Your employee’s work contract
  • Working time records
  • Payslips
  • Proofs of payment of the wages
  • A1 Form (linked to the payment of social contributions)
  • Identity documents

If you are independent or the director of the company, the certificate of posting is useless. You must have a copy of your company’s company print out or register of commerce indicating your status.

Documents must be translated in to German.

Eurovat can provide you with helpful documentation on request. Do not hesitate to contact us!

MiLoG portal: https://www.meldeportal-mindestlohn.de/Meldeportal/form/display.do?%24context=20D8F1A3FFB20415AD42

For more information: http://www.zoll.de/EN/Businesses/Work/Foreign-domiciled-employers-posting/Minimum-conditions-of-employment/minimum-conditions-of-employment_node.html

September 2017

18
August
Posting of workers in France: evolution of the law

The French government has made some modifications to the regulations on the posting of drivers in France.

On the certificate of posting:

  • You now have to mention your Intracommunity VAT number, or if it is impossible, indicate your registration number to a professional register.
  • You have to indicate the State where your posted driver is attached for social security (instead of mentioning the social security institution to which you are paying contributions).

Documents kept by your representative must be in French, and amounts must be in euros.

If you post temporary workers in France through a temporary work agency, you must provide the French work inspection with a declaration. This declaration ensures that the temporary work company is aware of the posting of its drivers and recognizes the work conditions that must be respected owing to their posting.

For more information please consult the French government website.

August 2017

08
August
Diesel Taxes: New refund rates.

The end of the first half of 2017 gives us the opportunity to inform you of the amounts recoverable on some diesel taxes:

  • Slovenian excise: € 96.05 /m³ (Average rate from January to June 2017)
  • Italien excise: € 214,18 /m³ (2nd quarter 2017)
  • Hungarian excise: € 22,62 /m³ (2nd and 3rd quarters 2017)
  • French TICPE: € 114,20 /m³ for goods transport (1st half year 2017)
  • Belgian excise: € 170,07 /m³ (Average rate from January to June 2017)

Contact us to know how to recover these taxes!

August 2017

31
July
Posting of workers abroad: new laws setting up.

Since the implementation of the Macron Law in France last summer, others similar laws are emerging in several European countries. Posting of workers is now controlled in Germany, Austria, and Italy. If, for some of the countries, the law is already effective, some are still to the project, such as Spain.

So far, Eurovat proved to hundreds of customers its expertise in representation of posted drivers in France. We are also conducting a study to extend this service to other countries affected by this type of law.

July 2017

19
July
A few weeks left to recover your 2016 VAT!

If you haven’t recovered your VAT for 2016 yet, you still have a few weeks to send us your invoices. Your VAT recovery annual claims will be submitted at the latest on 30th September 2017. After this date, your VAT payed in 2016 will no longer be refundable.

For any information don’t hesitate in contacting us.

July 2017

23
May
SIPSI: Payable from January 2018?

The French government is planning to offset its costs due to its dematerialized management and controls related to posted workers.

As a result of a new decree, the online declaration should lead to a € 40 payment per posted worker. This contribution will be applied from the 1st January 2018 at the latest.

As a reminder, since the 1st January 2017 declarations of your posted drivers, indispensable to comply with the Macron Law, must necessarily be done via the website SIPSI

May 2017

22
May
TICPE: 2017 refund rates changes

Refund rate for the transport of goods:

1st half year of 2017: € 114.20 /m³ (vs € 79.60 for the 2nd half year of 2016)

Refund rate for the transport of people:

1st half year of 2017: € 154.20 / m³ (vs € 119.60 for the 2nd half year of 2016)

The increase of these refund rates is proportional to the TICPE increase since January 2017.

May 2017

28
March
The Belgian Excise duty: refund rate changes in 2017

Since more than a year, the refund rate of the Belgian excise duty on diesel varies at any time.

As a result, the recoverable amount didn’t stop increasing:

Refund rates:

  • € 155.10 / m³ (from 01/01 to 13/01/2017)
  • € 160.50 / m³ (from 14/01 to 13/03/2017)
  • € 172.90 / m³ (from 14/03/2017 to 22/03/2017)
  • € 177.40 / m³ (from 23/03/2017)

March 2017

08
March
Macron Law: Obligation to present the A1 Form during controls from the 1st of April 2017.

From the 1st of April 2017, drivers must be provided with the A1 Form.

A1 Form proves the payment of social contributions in another UE country. It is generally delivered by the social security organization of the company’s headquarters.

As far as possible, request must be done before the beginning of the activity abroad:

http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/work/social-security-forms/contact_points_pd_a1.pdf

For more information, contact us.

March 2017

22
February
Macron Law: obligation to submit your certificate of posting via SIPSI.

Since the 01/01/2017 the procedure of attestations transmission changed. They now have to be created and transmitted via internet on the French Government website dedicated to this topic:

https://www.sipsi.travail.gouv.fr/SipsiFO/sipsi/AccueilConnecte.action

The use of this website is quite easy; you first have to create your account by filling in your company details. Then you can create and duplicate your certificates of posting according to your posted drivers.

You will save time thanks to this website because you no longer have to totally fill in each certificate of posting. In addition, your certificate of posting is directly sent to Eurovat.

For more information don’t hesitate to contact us or to ask us our manual dedicated to this topic.

February 2017

22
February
IVMDH: Variations of the refund rate in some regions

Since the 01/01/2017, the refund rate of the Spanish IVMDH has evolved in some regions:

  • For Navarra the IVMDH is no longer refundable.
  • Asturias : € 40/ mᶟ (instead of € 44 /mᶟ)
  • Extremadura : € 38.40/ mᶟ (instead of € 38 / mᶟ)

February 2017

17
January
The Slovenian Excise duty: variations of the refund rates in 2016

The refund rate of the Slovenian excise duty varies every month.  Below the evolution during 2016 :

  • Lowest refund rate of 2016: € 87,46 / m³ for the month of January
  • Highest refund rate: € 96.05 / m³ from March to December
  • Average rate on the year: € 95.31 / m³

Your claims for excises of 2016 must be submitted to the Slovenian Authorities before the 31st March of 2017. We are here to help you. Please contact !

January 2017

17
January
The Belgian Excise duty: significant recoverable amounts for the year 2016

Since more than a year, the refund rate of the Belgian excise duty on diesel varies at any time.

As a result, in 2016 the recoverable amount didn’t stop increasing:

  • Lowest refund rate for 2016 : € 112.20 / m³ (from 01/07 to 05/07/2016)
  • Highest refund rate: € 144.30 / m³ (from 03/08 to 31/12/2016)
  • Average rate for the year: € 126.59 / m³

January 2017

27
December
VAT rate changes in 2017

As of January the 1st of 2017, the VAT rate in Romania decreases from 20% to 19%.

27
December
The French TICPE

For each m³ of diesel bought in France during the 2nd half-year of 2016, you can recover € 79.60 (instead of € 78.60 for the 1st half-year of 2016).

Furthermore, it is still possible to recover the TICPE for the year 2015 (see mentioned rates in the previous news).

Don’t hesitate to contact us to get more information on this issue.

23
December
Macron Law: obligation to submit your certificate of posting via SIPSI.

We would like to inform you that, as 01/01/2017 the procedure of attestations transmission will change as they are required to be transmitted via internet on the French Government website dedicated to this subject:

https://www.sipsi.travail.gouv.fr/SipsiFO/sipsi/AccueilConnecte.action

Unfortunately information about use of this website is not yet complete. We recommend therefore that you renew the attestations in hard paper copy form starting from December 2016 for a period up to 6 months.

In this case, you will be exempted from a declaration for all your drivers on SIPSI website; also your paper attestations will be valid for 6 months or until their expiration.

We will get back to you as soon as we have more information about new procedure.

December 2016

22
July
MACRON LAW: all of EuroVAT’s expertise to represent you officially in France

Is your transport company based outside France? Does it carry out cabotage or international transport operations to or from France?

If it is the case, you have to comply with the “Loi Macron ” which was put into effect on the 1st July 2016.

 

How to comply with Macron Law as an international transport company?

Foreign-based drivers must receive the French minimum wage and French social regulations must be applied to them (working time…) during their journey on French territory.

You have to provide your drivers with several documents they need to keep on board during their transport operations in France.

You also have to appoint a French representative who will liaise with the French control authorities (police, Tax Authorities, Customs…).

You must provide your driver with:

You must provide your representative with:

  • 1 Certificate of Posting : valid for 6 month maximum

 

  • Employment Contract (copy),
  • Contract and Representative Designation

 

  • 1 Certificate of Posting for every single driver, valid for 6 month maximum

 

  • Every month Pay-Slip and Proof of Payment for every single driver

 

These documents must be kept by the representative 18 months after the end of the posting.

You can find more information about the "Loi Macron" in the FAQ provided be French Government.

 

Why choose EuroVAT as your French representative for Macron Law?

For over 20 years, EuroVAT has been a leading agent specialised in VAT and diesel tax recovery in Europe. We have developed a strong expertise in cooperating with Administrative Authorities all over Europe.

Every year, we process hundreds of thousands of administrative documents provided by our Customers! Part of a famous group, we are used to guaranty high standards of quality and ensure the confidentiality of your documents.    

Make sure to comply with Macron law: choose EuroVAT as your French representative!

Contact us!

12
July
A substantial amount can be recovered on Belgian excise duty:

In Belgium, the refund rate of excise duty on diesel can vary frequently.

However, it has remained stable between January and June 2016: as a transport company, you can recover € 112.29 per m³ of diesel bought in Belgium during this period.

The processing time of Belgian Customs may be long but the amounts that can be recovered are significant.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to get more information. 

06
July
Italian excise duty : refund of the 2nd half-year 2016

A significant amount can be recovered:

The refund rate of this Italian diesel tax amounts to € 214.19 / m³ of diesel.

A short deadline to submit your claim to Italian Customs:

Claim submission to recover Italian excise duty for the 2nd half-year 2016 must be done by the 31st July 2016.

04
July
Refund of French TICPE:

The recovery of French TICPE can start for the 1st half-year 2016 :

From the 1st July 2016, the submission of claims for the recovery of the 1st half-year 2016 of French TICPE can start. The refund rate has strongly increased: it is possible to recover € 78.60 per m³ of diesel fuel bought during this period (instead of € 48.70 previously).  

You can still get refunds on TICPE from 2014 and 2015:

 

1st semester
2014 *
2nd semester
2014
1st semester
2015
2nd semester
2015
1st semester
2016

Period of consumption covered by the refund

1st January 2014
30th June 2014
1st July 2014
31st December 2014
1st January 2015
30th June 2015
1st July 2015
31st December 2015
1st January 2016
30th June 2016

Refund rate

€ 48,90 /m³

€ 48,90 /m³

€ 48,70 /m³

€ 48,70 /m³

€ 78,60 /m³

* 1st half-year 2014: please provide us with your documents by the end of August 2016.

We remain at your disposal to answer your questions

24
June
Foreign-based road hauliers operating in France have to comply with French labour code:

As of the 1st july 2016, a new mesure of the “Loi Macron” will be applied to cabotage and international road transport operations to and from France.

The drivers of foreign transport companies must from that date receive the French minimum wage during their journey on French territory.

In addition, compliance with French social regulations is mandatory: working time, housing conditions…

EuroVAT is doing everything in its power to help you to comply with this regulation.

Please don’t hesitate in contacting us for any further questions.

22
June
Viapass, a kilometre-based tax for HGVs in Belgium

What is Viapass in Belgium?

Viapass is a new kilometre-based road tax for Heavy Goods Vehicles driving in Belgium.

This new road toll applies to (all) HGVs:

  • from Belgium and foreign countries
  • over 3,5 tons
  • used to carry goods

The kilometre charge “Viapass” replaces the former “Eurovignette”. Each truck transitting on Belgian roads has to be equipped with an OBU (On Board Unit) which will calculate the toll to be paid depending on the number of kilometres travelled in the area. Invoices will then be issued and sent on a regular basis.

When did Viapass take effect?

Viapass took effect as of the 1st April 2016.

Can I recover VAT on this Belgian kilometre charge system?

Only one of the 3 Belgian regions applies VAT on this road tax: Wallonia (southern Belgium) applies a 21% VAT rate on Viapass. This VAT is recoverable.

Flanders and Brussels don’t apply VAT on this tax.

Map of Viapass taxation in the 3 Belgian regions.

Please note: you have to provide us with the invoices issued by SOFICO in order to recover your VAT in Wallonia. For the moment, these invoices are issued per truck and per period (every 14 days), which may amount to a significant number of invoices depending on the size of your fleet.

You can visit the website http://www.viapass.be/en/ or contact your usual supplier of toll solutions in order to comply with Viapass regulation.

If you have any questions about VAT recovery on Viapass in Wallonia, please feel free to contact us.

June 2016

10
June
Increase of the standard VAT rate in Greece

In May 2016, the Greek Government has adopted new measures relating to indirect tax in Greece.

The standard VAT rate has increased from 23% to 24% with effect from the 1st June 2016.

June 2016

12
May
Significant increase in the French TICPE refund rate!

The refund rate of French excise duty has been stable for the last 2 years: it was possible to recover around € 48 / m³ of diesel for each half-year of 2014 and 2015.

The refund rate for the 1st half-year 2016 benefits from a significant increase : € 78.60 / m³ can be reclaimed !

Claims for the 1st half-year 2016 can start to be submitted to the Customs in July 2016.

Meanwhile, you can still get TICPE refunds on your fuel purchases of 2014 and 2015.

We can help you to reclaim French fuel tax. Contact us!

May 2016

14
April
New! EuroVAT refunds Hungarian excise duty:

After a successful testing phase, EuroVAT is ready to reclaim Hungarian excise duty on your behalf.

All transport companies based in Hungary or in other country of the European Union are subject to recovery of this fuel tax.

Claims are submitted annually. You can recover 11 000 HUF/ m³ (≈ 35.59 € /m³) for the year 2015 and 7 000 HUF (≈ 22,54 € /m³) for the year 2016. Hungarian excise duty is refunded much faster than other diesel taxes: the repayment is made within 1 or 2 months after submission of the claim (statistical & non contractual information).

For any further information please contact us!

April 2016

11
February
Spanish Diesel tax rebate : 2016 rates

In Spain, you can reclaim a refund on 2 specific taxes on diesel:

  • Gasóleo Profesional : you can recover € 1 /m³ no matter where you go in Spain.
  • IVMDH (« Spanish sanitary cent »): can be recovered in certain regions. The amount to be refunded can reach € 48 /m³

The refund rate for the « IVMDH » changed in several regions as of the 1st of January 2016.

Other regions also allow the refund of this diesel tax. Knowing exactly the amounts that can be refunded in each region can help you to achieve significant savings by adapting your routes. Please contact us for further information!

27
January
VAT rate changes in 2016:

In order to boost consumer spending and to increase purchasing power, the standard VAT rate in Romania decreased from 24 to 20 % as of the 1st of January 2016.

Poland also intended to decrease the standard VAT rate from 23 to 22 % as of the 1st of January 2016, but this project was dropped.

Standard VAT rates in other countries from the European Union remain stable. You can find them on the map at the end of the page “VAT reclaim.

27
January
TICPE in France: refund rate for the 2nd semester 2015

TICPE is a specific French tax on diesel. As a transport company, you are allowed to recover part of this tax.

The refund rate is set by the government and changes twice a year. Here is a resume of the amounts you can reclaim currently:

 

1st semester
2014
2nd semester
2014
1st semester
2015
2nd semester
2015

Period of consumption covered by the refund

1st January 2014
30th June 2014
1st July 2014
31st December 2014
1st January 2015
30th June 2015
1st July 2015
31st December 2015

Refund rate

€ 48,90 /m³

€ 48,90 /m³

€ 48,70 /m³

€ 48,70 /m³

 

The procedure and the documents required by the French Customs have continued to evolve up until January 2016.

We are available to assist you in reclaiming this tax. Please feel free to contact-us.

27
January
Belgian excise duty: evolution of refund rates!

In Belgium, you can recover part of the amount of your expenses on diesel. The refund rate for the Belgian excise duty has been very stable since 2012: a refund of € 76.30 per m³ of diesel.

In November 2015, the Belgian government reintroduced a floating refund rate for the Belgian excise duty. The refund rate can vary at any time:

  • from 12/12/2015 to 31/12/2015 : € 112,29 /m³
  • from 04/12/2015 to 11/12/2015 : € 99,30 /m³
  • from 01/12/2015 to 03/12/2015 : € 85,60 /m³
  • from 20/11/2015 to 30/11/2015 : € 85,60 /m³
  • from 01/11/2015 to 19/11/2015 : € 79 /m³

Please contact us for further information!

27
January
Slovenian excise duty: 2015 rates

In Slovenia, diesel tax reclaim enables you to recover part of the amount of your expenses on diesel.

The refund rate varies monthly:

  • Highest rate in 2015: 121,39 €/m³
  • Lowest rate in 2015: 79,98 €/m³
  • Average rate in 2015: 89,38 €/m³.

We can recover the Slovenian excise duty on your behalf. If you are interested, please contact us as soon as possible because your claim must be submitted to the Slovenian Customs by the 31st of March 2016 (to recover taxes paid in 2015)

30
September
Stronger controls for the refund of French TICPE

Since the beginning of the year 2015, French Customs are strengthening their controls on claims submitted for the recovery of this diesel tax.

New requirements appeared:

  • A new document must be included in all the claims: a list of cards for each fuel supplier. It must be edited and signed by each fuel supplier and must mention the following information:
    • Fuel card N°
    • Plate N° of the vehicle associated to each fuel card
    • Card expiry date

The original document is necessary for the claim not to be rejected by the Customs.

  • Customers must also keep their tickets during 3 years because the Customs may ask for them in case of controls.
30
September
Follow your taxes whenever you want, wherever you are!

Welcome on EuroVAT’s new website: more detailed and updated information to guide you in VAT and diesel tax reclaim.

Visit also your new Customer area on www.eurovatusers.com or by clicking “My account”:

  • Benefit from totally reliable secure access to your account
  • Follow all your claims for VAT and diesel taxes rebate
  • Find easily the summary of the invoices that were submitted, the detail of your refunds…

You can visit our websites wherever you are, by using a PC, a tablet or a smartphone!

Please indicate your country and your phone number
Then click on SUBMIT and we will call you free of charge.