ECJ RULES THAT VAT CODE MUST ALSO BE GRANTED TO THE COMPANY HAVING NO MATERIAL AND TECHNICAL RESOURCES FOR ECONOMIC ACTIVITY

ECJ in a court case C-527/11 ruled that the tax authority of a Member State may not refuse to assign a value added tax identification number to a company solely on the ground that, in the opinion of that authority, the company does not have at its disposal the material, technical and financial resources to carry out the economic activity declared, and that the owner of the shares in that company has already obtained, on various occasions, such an identification number for companies which never carried out any real economic activity, and the shares of which were transferred immediately after obtaining the individual number, where the tax authority concerned has not established, on the basis of objective factors, that there is sound evidence leading to the suspicion that the value added tax identification number assigned will be used fraudulently. It is for the referring court to assess whether that tax authority provided serious evidence of the existence of a risk of tax evasion in the case in the main proceedings.

Advocate Arūnas Šidlauskas