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Workshop For Corporates - "Fit For Future: A Refined Approach To Tax Risk Management"
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January 31st, 2019
During the past few years, the EU commission and many local governments have released a number of aggressive and uncoordinated initiatives to curb unwanted tax behaviour of multinationals, following the 2015 release of the BEPS Action Plans by the OECD/G20.
Consequently, MNEs are experiencing an increased exposure to tax controversies if they are not simultaneously in control of their Operating and Tax/Transfer Pricing models.
EU Proposes Change In Decision Making Process For Tax Issues
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January 18th, 2019
The European Commission announced the publication of communication on a roadmap for a progressive and targeted transition to qualified majority voting (QMV) under the ordinary legislative procedure in certain areas of shared EU taxation policy. The roadmap includes gradual, four-step progression towards decision-making based on QMV as described below.
Indonesia Cracks Down On Digital Transactions By Issuing Rules Governing Taxation of E-Commerce
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January 18th, 2019
The Indonesias government has issued regulations requiring small to medium-size online businesses to pay tax at a rate of 0.5 npercent of sales, while larger e-commerce companies need to pay a higher corporate income tax rate of 25 percent.
Austria Officially Introduces Digital Tax In Its Tax Reform Plans
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January 18th, 2019
The Austrian Government has issued a release on its tax reform plans, including measures for the taxation of the digital economy, which include a 3% tax on revenue from online advertising and reporting obligations for online intermediary platforms.
Background .
OECD Launches Its Statistic Report: Corporate Tax Remains A Key Source Revenue Amidst The Looming Trend In Slashing The Tax Rate
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January 15th, 2019
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched its corporate tax statistics report on 15 January 2019. The report provides internationally comparable statistics and analysis from around 100 countries worldwide on four main categories of data: corporate tax revenues, statutory corporate income tax (CIT) rates, corporate effective tax rates and tax incentives related to innovation.
EU Opens Investigation Into Dutch Tax Ruling Of US Sportswear Giant
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January 15th, 2019
The European Commission has opened an investigation into the tax treatment of US sportswear company Nike Inc in the Netherlands. The investigation aims to examine whether five tax rulings granted by the Dutch tax authorities to two Nike group companies based in the Netherlands (Nike European Operations Netherlands BV and Converse Netherlands BV) between 2006 and 2015 gave the company an unfair advantage over its competitors, potentially in breach of EU State aid rules.
South Korea Boosts Its Economic Growth By Adopting BEPS Measures And Incentivizing Certain Sector
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January 14th, 2019
South Korea in its press release will reportedly implement the tax reform to boost the economic growth by implementing the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) measures and incentivizing certain business sector.
The Favorable Incentives .
Kazakhstan and The Netherlands Sign MOU On Exchange Of Information
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January 14th, 2019
The Netherlands has published the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with Kazakhstan on the automatic exchange of information under the Mutual Assistance Convention and the 1996 Dutch-Kazakhstan tax treaty. The MoU was signed by Kazakhstan and the Netherlands on 5 November 2018 and 9 December 2018, respectively, and sets out the scope of information on individuals and legal persons to be exchanged automatically, the timing of exchange, and other related matters.
Cayman Islands Fires Back At The Netherlands Over Black listing
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January 14th, 2019
The government of the Cayman Islands has issued a response to its "blacklisting" by the Netherlands as a low-tax jurisdiction.
Measures Taken
Poland Releases Interest Safe Harbor Notice Following The Transfer Pricing Reforms
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January 8th, 2019
Following the government’s release on transfer pricing and mutual agreement procedure rules, the Polish government has issued a notice on the new intragroup interest rate safe harbor.
The Scope of Safe Harbor Application .
Brazil’s Stock Market Soar As New Economy Minister Vows To Slash Taxes
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January 8th, 2019
Brazil’s stock market rallied after the new economy minister, Paulo Guedes, vowed to drastically lower the country’s tax burden and reform its generous social security system, but whether those pledges will become reality remains to be seen.
Reduction of Taxes .
Tax Technology - Big Tax Brother is watching you
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January 4th, 2019
Tax authorities are increasingly relying on technology for data gathering, exchange of information and analytics. Current digital systems can even provide real-time tax collections, re-conciliations and assessments.
The Netherlands Publishes Own List Of Low-Tax Jurisdictions In Fight Against Tax Avoidance
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January 3rd, 2019
The Dutch Ministry of Finance has announced the publication of the list of Low-Tax jurisdictions. Transactions or structures involving the countries on the blacklist will be subject to new anti-tax-avoidance measures that take effect in 2019 and 2021.
Estonia Implements EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive Measures
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January 3rd, 2019
Estonia published the Income Tax Amendment Act in the Official Gazette. The main measures of the Act provide the implementation of the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD) as urged by the European Commission.
Austria To Implement Digital Service Tax Unilaterally
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January 3rd, 2019
In the waning days of its EU presidency, the Austrian government said it would introduce a domestic version of the digital services tax (DST). The unilateral plan is following France's new levy on the so-called GAFA companies: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.
Luxembourg Parliament Adopts Legislation Implementing EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive
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December 20th, 2018
The Luxembourg parliament voted to approve Bill No. 7318, which includes measures for the implementation of the EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD).
Japan’s 2019 Tax Reform Proposal Updates Transfer Pricing Rule
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December 20th, 2018
Japan’s coalition leading parties released the 2019 tax reform proposal. The proposal includes some important items following the base erosion profit shifting (BEPS) plans recommendations to counter multinational tax avoidance.
France Not Waiting On EU To Implement Digital Services Tax
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December 20th, 2018
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced on 17 December 2018 that France will not be waiting for an agreement on a digital services tax in the EU and is planning to introduce its own tax targeting Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon (GAFA).
France Initiative to Introduce Its Own Tax .
IRS Issues Proposed Regulations On Base Erosion And Anti-Abuse Tax
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December 18th, 2018
The U.S. IRS issued the proposed regulations for the Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse Tax (BEAT) as introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Until the regulations are finalized, taxpayers may rely on the proposed regulations for taxable years beginning after 31 December 2017.
EU Commission Urges Member States To Improve The Way How To Collect And Exploit Data Exchange
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December 18th, 2018
On 17 December 2018, the European Commission presented the first report on the overview and assessment of the statistics and information on the automatic exchanges in the field of direct taxation. The European Commission through the report urges Members States to improve the way they collect and exploit the data they exchange.
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