New guidance covering the recent changes to the place of supply of digital services from 1 January 2015 is available from the GOV.UK website.
The services covered by the changes are digital services otherwise known as broadcasting, telecommunications and electronic services (BTE).
This has been a well-publicised change and the guidance reflects the current knowledge with additional help and supporting material.
There is also a useful flow chart that looks at how you decide whether or not you are a digital services supplier and what you need to do if you are.
There is greater detail on what falls within the definition of digital services, split into the three categories of broadcasting, telecommunications (transmission of signals of any nature by wire, optical, electromagnetic or other system) and electronic (e-services that are electronically supplied).
Supplies that are unaffected by the change include:
E-services are those that are automatically delivered over the internet or electronic network where there is minimal or no human intervention.
A full list of the digital services can be found on the European Commission's website.
Care must be taken on bundled or multiple supplies; this follows the established principles and these services should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.
The VAT Mini One Stop Shop (VAT MOSS) is a system available to registration for all businesses that fall within this regime, without which businesses supplying digital services may be obliged to register in the most extreme circumstances in all 28 EU member states.
Until 30 June 2015, HMRC is offering help to micro businesses that are registering for VAT MOSS. Micro businesses are those trading below the VAT registration threshold, currently £81,000.
HMRC is allowing micro businesses to base their customer location, VAT taxation and accounting decisions on information provided by their payment service provider.
This means that the business need not require further information to be supplied by the customer for this transitional period and will give micro businesses time to adapt their websites to meet the new data collection requirements.