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Illegal Importation and Customs VAT Liability:Liability in the EU

Verdugo Sanchez, Astrid Alicia LU (2011) HARM53 20111
Department of Business Law
Abstract
The introduction of foreign goods into the European Union is subject to import VAT; some importers seek to introduce goods in an illegal way to have tax advantage and make their business more profitable. Customs seek to control and combat this problem, finding out whether the goods are imported in a proper manner, determining the responsibilities of importers on VAT, and thus impose penalties provided by their domestic legislation to deterrent other possible offenders.

Sometimes the cases are complex, and it is not clear when the illegal importation falls within the scope of the VAT. In such cases, a prejudicial question can be made about the proper interpretation of European directives to the CoJ, which will determine the VAT... (More)
The introduction of foreign goods into the European Union is subject to import VAT; some importers seek to introduce goods in an illegal way to have tax advantage and make their business more profitable. Customs seek to control and combat this problem, finding out whether the goods are imported in a proper manner, determining the responsibilities of importers on VAT, and thus impose penalties provided by their domestic legislation to deterrent other possible offenders.

Sometimes the cases are complex, and it is not clear when the illegal importation falls within the scope of the VAT. In such cases, a prejudicial question can be made about the proper interpretation of European directives to the CoJ, which will determine the VAT liability of illegal imports considering previous cases and with the purpose of harmonized interpretation in the EU.

This thesis provides an overview of the most common illegal imports that exist nowadays, and the VAT liability that falls on them. To achieve a clear understanding, legislations, tax principles, and several concepts related to this issue will be analysed. In addition, the criteria that the CoJ have used in determined situations will be addressed in order to have a clear idea of how is possible recognise the VAT liability in an illegal importation. (Less)
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author
Verdugo Sanchez, Astrid Alicia LU
supervisor
organization
course
HARM53 20111
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Importation, VAT on imports, Customs, Importation of illegal goods, illegal importation of legal goods, Fiscal neutrality, Application of VAT to illegal importation
language
English
id
1977886
date added to LUP
2011-06-30 11:59:41
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2011-06-30 11:59:41
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  abstract     = {The introduction of foreign goods into the European Union is subject to import VAT; some importers seek to introduce goods in an illegal way to have tax advantage and make their business more profitable. Customs seek to control and combat this problem, finding out whether the goods are imported in a proper manner, determining the responsibilities of importers on VAT, and thus impose penalties provided by their domestic legislation to deterrent other possible offenders. 

Sometimes the cases are complex, and it is not clear when the illegal importation falls within the scope of the VAT. In such cases, a prejudicial question can be made about the proper interpretation of European directives to the CoJ, which will determine the VAT liability of illegal imports considering previous cases and with the purpose of harmonized interpretation in the EU.

This thesis provides an overview of the most common illegal imports that exist nowadays, and the VAT liability that falls on them. To achieve a clear understanding, legislations, tax principles, and several concepts related to this issue will be analysed. In addition, the criteria that the CoJ have used in determined situations will be addressed in order to have a clear idea of how is possible recognise the VAT liability in an illegal importation.},
  author       = {Verdugo Sanchez, Astrid Alicia},
  keyword      = {Importation,VAT on imports,Customs,Importation of illegal goods,illegal importation of legal goods,Fiscal neutrality,Application of VAT to illegal importation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Illegal Importation and Customs VAT Liability:Liability in the EU},
  year         = {2011},
}