Denmark is one of the first countries in Europe to introduce a VAT system. On 3 July 1967, the first VAT Act came into force replacing traditional sales tax. The VAT legislation in Denmark went through several tax reforms since then.
The most significant change so far has been the modification to bring local legislation in line with the Sixth EC VAT Directive (which, since 1 January 2007, is officially named the Council Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of Value Added Tax).
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VAT applies to all transactions unless either outside of the scope of the Danish VAT Act or specifically exempted. Taxable transactions fall under two main categories: “supplies” and “other,” i.e., situations which economically are not supplies, but are treated as such for tax neutrality reasons (also referred to as “deemed supplies”).
The most common cases with Danish VAT are:
|National Legislation||Danish Customs and Tax Administration (Skatteforvaltningen)|
|VAT in local language||Merværdiafgiftsloven (Momsloven) or MOMS|
|VAT number format
|DK + 8 digits|
|DK 12 34 56 78|
|Standard rate of 25%|
|Zero-rated (0%) and exempt|
|Frequency||Monthly, Quarterly, Half-yearly|
|Intra-Community acquisitions||DKK 13 million and above|
|Intra-EU Distance sales and electronically supplied services to consumers (OSS)||EUR 10,000|
|Recovery of VAT by non-established Businesses||Yes|
|Compliance Returns and Deadlines|
|VAT Return||1st day of the 3rd month after the end of the quarter or half-year in case of the VAT returns are submitted on quarterly or half-yearly basis or the 25th day of the month of the next month in case the VAT returns are submitted on a monthly basis.|
|European Sales Listing||25th day of the month following the end of the filing period|
|Intrastat||There are two sets of deadlines for reporting to Intrastat – an earlier deadline for larger reporters (Group 1) and a later deadline for smaller reporters (Group 2).|
Last Updated: 28/02/2022
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Measures include the provision of a list of goods that are exempt from excise tax or VAT, the establishment of registration and tax requirements for businesses involved in the handling and storage of taxable goods, the establishment of fines and penalties for non-compliance, the introduction of exemptions on certain supplies and imports of goods and services to the European Commission in response to COVID-19.