Direct VAT registrations in Greece now easier
Greece has simplified the process to move from a registration via fiscal representative to a direct VAT registration.
A more simplified and direct process for all VAT registrations in Greece
The government started allowing direct VAT registrations in Greece only in 2013. In practice, for those already registered, it was difficult to move from a registration via fiscal representative to a direct registration without losing the initial VAT number and going through the complete registration process again. Following the changes announced on 1 November 2016, EU businesses can change their registration status by submitting an application form and power of attorney electronically. These changes will allow the business to keep their existing VAT number.
The authorities have also made it easier to introduce VAT registration changes such as updating their correspondence address or changing the name of the company. These changes are also made electronically.
Local fiscal representation is no longer required
Normally, EU companies can register directly for VAT purposes in any EU country. This means that businesses do not need any local representative in the country, hence allowing the registration form and VAT returns to be signed directly by the legal representative of the company. Until 2013, Greece was the only country requiring a fiscal representative even to EU companies. The Greek tax authorities are now allowing an easier move from fiscal representation to direct registration for all those companies that were VAT registered prior to 2013.
You can check the fiscal representative requirements in all European countries in our table of fiscal representation in the EU.