Chilean tax authorities are evaluating foreign service providers’ compliance with recently enacted VAT on digital services

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EY Global

17 Jun 2021
Subject Tax Alert
Jurisdictions Chile

Foreign service providers that provide digital services to individuals in Chile must register for the simplified value-added tax (VAT) regime and withhold a 19% VAT on the payment for digital services. Noncompliance could trigger audits from the tax authority and withholding through credit card issuers.

The Chilean tax authorities have recently emailed foreign service providers that may be providing digital services to Chilean users and are not in compliance with current legislation.


According to the Chilean VAT Law, the Chilean tax authorities are authorized to use any technological means of audit available to verify whether foreign service providers are in compliance with tax obligations related to digital services and the simplified VAT regime, regardless of where the information is located.

To determine the foreign service providers that may not be in compliance, the Chilean tax authorities established a portal through which foreign service providers that are not in compliance may be reported anonymously.

Additionally, the Chilean tax authorities issued two resolutions requesting Chilean banks and credit card issuers to report quarterly on the acquisition of services made by Chilean customers from foreign service providers and paid with their credit cards or other analogue payment systems (note that banks have been reporting this information since June 2020 and financial institutions that are not banks since October 2020).

Noncompliance with registration requirement

Based on the information the Chilean tax authorities have received, they have emailed several foreign service providers that may be providing digital services to Chilean users and are not registered in Chile for purposes of declaring and paying VAT, if applicable.

Not complying with the Chilean rules may result in intermediary entities (i.e., Chilean banks or credit cards issuers) being responsible for collecting the VAT if not declared by foreign service providers.


Foreign service providers that have not already registered for the simplified VAT regime, or have not analyzed whether their services fall within the scope of these new provisions, should register, as noncompliance could result in an audit or withholding from third parties on the payment of digital products from Chilean customers.

For more information on the VAT on digital services, see EY Global Tax Alert, Chile: VAT on digital services enters into force, dated 3 June 2020.


For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:

EY Chile, Santiago
  • Maria Javiera Contreras
  • Felipe Espina
  • Juan Pablo Navarrete
  • Victor Fenner
  • Nicolás Brancoli
Ernst & Young LLP (United States), Latin American Business Center, New York
  • Pablo Wejcman
  • Sofía Hernández
  • Ana Mingramm
  • Enrique Perez Grovas
Ernst & Young LLP (United Kingdom), Latin American Business Center, London
  • Ignacio Perez
  • Lourdes Libreros
Ernst & Young Abogados, Latin American Business Center, Madrid
  • Jaime Vargas
Ernst & Young Tax Co., Latin American Business Center, Japan & Asia Pacific
  • Raul Moreno, Tokyo
  • Luis Coronado, Singapore

For a full listing of contacts and email addresses, please click on the Tax News Update: Global Edition (GTNU) version of this Alert.