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VAT Exemption Regime: Loss of Deduction and Reporting

Under the VAT exemption regime, a craftsman, following the advice of his accountant, no longer needs to file VAT declarations. However, this also means that the craftsman loses the ability to deduct the VAT paid on purchases made for his business activities.

Tax Administration’s Adjustment: Challenging the VAT Exemption

Following an accounting audit, the tax administration determines that the craftsman does not meet the conditions for benefiting from the VAT exemption regime. Consequently, the administration notifies the taxpayer of the adjustment, asserting that he must now comply with VAT obligations. In response, the taxpayer decides to hold his accountant accountable for the damage caused by the erroneous advice received, seeking compensation equivalent to the amount of the adjustment imposed.

Successful Claim: Compensation for Damages

The judges rule in favor of the taxpayer, acknowledging that the craftsman has indeed suffered damage as a result of the incorrect advice provided by his accountant. The erroneous advice led the taxpayer to adopt the VAT exemption regime, resulting in the loss of his ability to deduct VAT on purchases. The court recognizes the craftsman’s right to seek compensation for the financial loss incurred due to the accountant’s erroneous advice.

Extent of Damage: Loss of VAT Recovery

The court determines that the extent of the damage corresponds to the amount collected by the tax administration. This amount represents the real and certain loss suffered by the craftsman, as it eliminates any possibility of recovering VAT from customers during the period in question. The craftsman is entitled to seek compensation equal to the adjustment imposed by the tax administration, reflecting the financial impact of the loss of VAT recovery.

Holding Professionals Accountable: Protecting Taxpayers’ Rights

The case highlights the importance of holding professionals accountable for their advice and actions, especially when it leads to financial losses for taxpayers. In this situation, the erroneous advice provided by the accountant resulted in significant financial consequences for the craftsman. The judgment reinforces the rights of taxpayers to seek compensation for damages caused by professionals who fail to fulfill their duties with due care and diligence.

In conclusion, the craftsman’s reliance on the erroneous advice of his accountant regarding the VAT exemption regime led to the loss of VAT deduction and subsequent adjustment by the tax administration. The court recognizes the craftsman’s right to compensation for the damages suffered due to the accountant’s incorrect advice. The extent of the damage corresponds to the amount collected by the administration, signifying the craftsman’s inability to recover VAT during the relevant period. This case underscores the importance of professionals providing accurate advice and being held accountable for any resulting financial losses incurred by taxpayers.

DAMY Law Firm.