New Thomson Reuters Content Offers Guidance to Tax Practitioners Preparing for Puerto Rico’s Value-Added Tax

31 March 2016

The latest topic added to Thomson Reuters Checkpoint Catalyst examines consumption taxes in Puerto Rico. It provides an in-depth analysis of both the soon-to-be implemented value-added tax (VAT) and the transitional sales and use tax currently in effect.

This coverage comes at a crucial time. On June 1, 2016, Puerto Rico will become the first U.S. jurisdiction to adopt a VAT to replace its sales and use tax regime. The transition to this new scheme began in 2015 and has been controversial. The VAT’s 10.5% rate, plus a 1% municipal sales and use tax, will apply broadly to tangible property and services, though exemptions and a special 0% reduced rate will apply to certain transactions.

“The VAT is fragmentarily collected in separate transactions along the supply chain. It has been praised as ‘transparent’ and ‘self-administered’ because every merchant in the supply chain has to collaborate in the VAT’s collection and remittance,” said Jeanelle Alemar-Escabí, a San Juan-based attorney and principal of JAE Legal Services, LLC, as well as the author of the new Thomson Reuters content.

The increased participation required by merchants under the VAT means that affected businesses will have new reporting and documentation responsibilities. Checkpoint Catalyst identifies these important compliance obligations. It also includes relevant legislative activity and recently released official material and proposed regulations.

Checkpoint Catalyst will closely monitor all developments leading up to and following the VAT’s introduction and will incorporate relevant updates into its coverage.

Checkpoint Catalyst also provides expert guidance on a range of other topics involving complicated areas of state taxation, including:

  • E-Commerce
  • Nexus
  • Allocation and Apportionment
  • Sales and Use Tax: Drop Shipments

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