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Re: EU VAT
- Subject: Re: EU VAT
- From: Nigel Titley <..hidden..>
- Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2011 21:57:47 +0100
On Mon, 2011-08-08 at 10:25 -0700, Chris Travers wrote:
> > Yes, this is called the ECSL form. I make enough of these that I have a
> > perl script that crawls the LedgerSMB database and generates a file of
> > the appropriate format to directly load up to the online submission
> > system.
> With 1.3, we can probably simplify this a little bit with the tax form
> reporting API (we'd have to write a query to grab the records
I'm really looking forward to a proper, documented API so I can finished
the Oscommerce channel and automate some of the invoice generation.
Grabbing the records is fairly simple.
> > Purchasing from outside the EU is fairly straightforward. VAT is paid on
> > the goods' entry into the country, usually to the shipping agent. This
> > can then be claimed back, as per usual, at the end of the quarter. Every
> > month the taxman sends you a list of incoming payments which you then
> > need to match up against your claims. If they miss one, then too bad,
> > you can't claim it back.
> In what format do these come in? Is there an electronic format?
> > But you will shortly *have* to complete your return online.
> Ok. Either way it seems the key is to be able to ensure we can
> generate the reports needed. How we present these (on paper vs
> electronically) is a presentation issue and can be handled in a
> country-specific way if we need to. What I'd like to know then is:
Presentation isn't really an issue. Formats can always be munged as
> 1) What sorts of reports are needed that we don't have? What could
> be added to reports we have to make them work?
You need to be able to report: VATable sales, VAT-free intra-community
sales and export sales.
> 2) Is there a specific electronic format needed for the UK system?
Not for the VAT reporting, no. It is done via a fairly simple web
interface and there are only seven numbers to type in. The ECSL is done
via a simple CSV file format.