Lawyers' Services Are Subject To VAT, European Court Finds

Law360 (July 16, 2020, 12:46 PM EDT) -- Professionals providing legal services are subject to value-added tax, because they undertake activity that generates economic value, the European Union's highest court ruled Thursday.

The case heard by the European Court of Justice was originally brought by UR, a Romanian law firm, against the country's tax authority. UR had sought a refund of VAT on the services the firm provided between 2010 and 2014 on the basis that it had been entered into the VAT register in error.

UR argued that any taxpayer, like itself, that practices the profession of lawyer "does not engage in any economic activity" and should not...

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