European Council adopts simplified rules for small businesses

The Council adopted simplified VAT rules applicable to small businesses on Feb 18, 2020. The purpose of the new measures is to reduce the administrative burden and compliance costs for small enterprises and create a fiscal environment which will help small enterprises grow and trade across borders more efficiently.

The text foresees that small enterprises will be able to qualify for simplified VAT compliance rules where their annual turnover remains below a threshold set by a Member State concerned, which cannot be higher than €85,000. Under certain conditions, small enterprises from other member states, which do not exceed this threshold, will also be able to benefit from the simplified scheme, if their total annual turnover in the whole of the EU does not exceed €100,000.

The new rules will apply as of 1 January 2025.

If you have any questions in relation to the above, or if you would like to discuss this topic further, please contact a member of the Mazars private client team below:

Staff Member




Frank Greene

Tax Partner

01 449 6415

Alan McManus

VAT Director

01 512 5525


February 2020