Managing VAT 2017

This year we have widened the geographical scope of our survey and are delighted to have obtained nearly 900 responses from large and small businesses across nine European countries.

Our results have reconfirmed the views set out in last year’s UK-specific survey – namely that businesses’ VAT compliance efforts are not as focussed as we might expect and recommend given the acknowledged complexity of VAT.  However, the responses from across Europe have enabled us to give some more consideration as to why this might be the case.

Four key themes arose from this year’s survey and you can navigate the results according to the following areas:


How seriously do organisations take VAT?

VAT resource

Level of and investment in VAT resource, experience and training.

Tax authority

Tax authority interaction and perception.


Impact of Brexit and requirement for external advice.

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It should take you no more than ten minutes to read through our findings. If you would like to discuss any aspects of VAT compliance for your business please get in touch with your usual BDO contact or use our contact form.


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