The trend for businesses to provide services digitally or online has accelerated significantly in recent years, particularly following the COVID pandemic. The Value Added Tax (VAT) and Goods and Sales Tax (GST) compliance obligations of businesses providing digital or electronically supplied services (ESS) are increasing. Tax authorities increasingly require overseas businesses to register for and charge local VAT/GST on their B2C supplies of ESS.
A change in the VAT treatment of medical services carried out by non-registered staff who are directly supervised by pharmacists was announced in the Spring Budget 2023. From 1 May 2023 these services will be VAT exempt in line with other registered health professionals providing medical services to the public.