A Blockchain-enabled Platform for VAT Settlement

Jonas Sveistrup Søgaard*

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Governments may unintentionally impose heavy administrative burdens on companies as they want to ensure the flow of tax revenue. Drawing on an engagement involving the Danish Business Authority and following a design science research (DSR) approach, this paper develops a prototype of a platform for value-added tax (VAT) settlement that is enabled by distributed ledger technology (DLT) and design principles for designing DLT platforms. The proposed prototype and design principles demonstrate how accounting information systems, DLT, and public governance may be interrelated to enhance social welfare. Regarding its practical implications, this paper provides a use case for governments seeking to reduce administrative burdens on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) while still ensuring the flow of tax revenue.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100502
JournalInternational Journal of Accounting Information Systems
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

Bibliographical note

Published online: 1 February 2021.


  • Blockchain
  • Distributed ledger technology
  • VAT
  • Design science research
  • Tax
  • Public sector

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