Amazon Introduces Click-and-Collect Counters in the UK & Italy
Amazon have partnered with UK retail giant #Next plc to introduce a delivery option which allows customers to retrieve their parcels from Amazon Click-and-Collect counters within 500 Next outlets across Britain. This new service is going to be named ‘Counter’ and it is being put into action following requests from European consumers for more convenient click-and-collect locations. Amazon has also teamed up with several major retail outlets in Italy, including bookstore operator Giunti, to integrate ‘Counter’ into their stores. Patrick Supanc, the director of lockers and pickup at Amazon, has said “There is a strong tradition of click-and-collect in both the U.K. and Italy and the plan is to roll Counter out further across Europe".
VAT: Spain Plans To Reduce VAT Rate Of e-Books To 4%
Like Belgium and Germany, Spain is following the agreement made by the #EU Council last year to harmonize the VAT rate of electronic books with physical books. As the VAT rate on e-Books is currently 21% and printed books have a reduced rate of 4%, Spain is cutting VAT on e-Books to make it so that they also follow reduced VAT rules. Since the agreement was put into action last year, nearly ten EU states have implemented the reduced rates on their digital publications. The measure is part of Spain’s four year fiscal plan, and must be approved by parliament first.
VAT: Greece Owes Over Half a Billion in VAT
According to data from the Independent Authority for Public Revenue, the Greek government owes taxpayers 580 million Euros in tax rebates. This is a decrease from the 891 million Euros’ worth of tax rebates that were owed in January 2017. The majority of the current debts owed are a result of disputes or inspections that have prevented them from being processed. In response to these findings, Greece's tax administration has said that it aims to accelerate payment of the owed VAT to taxpayers.