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    Conducting marketing campaigns is an integral part of doing business. In the digital age, marketing agencies and in-house marketing departments are outdoing themselves in ways to reach their audiences by taking many forms and marketing tools.

    In the course of planning or already implementing the campaign itself, the VAT implications are most often forgotten, and these can vary depending on the method of implementation. For this reason, already at the stage of planning a campaign it is worth paying attention to the tax aspect of marketing activities, so that the tax costs do not overshadow the purposes for which the campaign was implemented.

    In some industries (e.g., manufacturing, FMCG), sales-supporting promotional actions involving the transfer of prizes to consumers or businesses are regularly used, the organization of which is entrusted to specialized advertising agencies. As part of the organized action (e.g., a contest or lottery), the task of such an agency is, among other things, to acquire and transfer prizes. What are the VAT implications of such an action? Can the inclusion of the value of the prizes in the agency’s invoice for the marketing service provided entail a VAT risk for the principal? It is worth thinking about this already at the stage of planning the action and estimating its costs.

    Who is it for?
    • Does your company operate in the FMCG industry?
    • Does your marketing department use vouchers for services or goods in its promotional actions?
    • Does your marketing department use free gadgets or small gifts in its promotional actions?
    • Does your marketing department use marketing actions which involve distribution of samples or prizes for a symbolic fee?
    Our support scope:
    • Analysis of VAT implications of implemented/ongoing/planned marketing campaign.
    • Support in planning marketing activities in terms of VAT accounting.

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