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  • APM Terminals global tax head: Divergent thinking is the way forward

    August 01, 2014

    In part two of International Tax Review’s exclusive interview, Steven Ouwerkerk, global head of tax & treasury at APM Terminals, based in the Netherlands, discusses the transition from adviser to in-house professional, analyses the challenges an in-house tax team faces, and stresses the importance of thinking divergently to find creative solutions.

  • Americas Awards nominations released

    August 01, 2014

    The nominations for the Americas Tax Awards, which take place in New York on September 18, have been announced on

  • Inversions - special focus

    August 04, 2014

    Between 1983 and 2004 there were 29 inversion transactions out of the US. In the decade following, almost 50 companies restructured using the method. With foreign profits trapped offshore by an outdated, worldwide system which would hit them with a tax on repatriation, as well as a high tax rate, the temptation to consider an inversion is proving too much for US companies, particularly those in the highly-mobile pharmaceuticals sector. Whatever the motivation, inversions are in vogue. ITR’s special report looks at the knock-on impacts of the current wave of inversions, including shareholder pressure to consider an option they see their rivals pursuing and the possible inflammation of the tax morality debate in the US. We also bring you exclusive insight as to why Danaher is not looking to invert.

  • Pfizer and AstraZeneca go separate ways…for now

    July 31, 2014

    After the failure of the Pfizer-AstraZeneca transaction at the end of May, the two companies have now announced new deals with other companies. But the two drugs companies could return to the proposed inversion deal later this year.

  • The OECD answers your questions about the global automatic exchange standard

    July 24, 2014

    EXCLUSIVE: On Monday July 21 the OECD released the full version of the Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters, which requires financial institutions to report detailed financial account information to their governments, which then exchange such information automatically with other jurisdictions on an annual basis. The Standard developed by OECD in response to a mandate by the G20 was first presented to and endorsed by the G20 Finance Ministers in February 2014.

Corporate Tax

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  • Swedish tax official reflects on interest deductibility proposals

    August 14, 2014

    A Swedish committee on corporate taxation has proposed reforms to limit interest deductibility in the country. Borje Noring, tax auditor at the Swedish Tax Agency, Skatteverket, reacts to the proposals, which have drawn criticism from US business representative groups.

  • EY appoints Jay Nibbe as new global head of tax

    August 12, 2014

  • Why Japan is cutting its corporate tax rate

    August 08, 2014

    The corporate income tax rate in Japan is known to be one of the highest worldwide. To encourage foreign companies to do business in Japan and make Japan a more attractive location for investments, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering reducing the corporate income tax rate to a "competitive rate in the global market".

Indirect Tax

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Compliance Management

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Tax Disputes

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  • India: High Court rules CCDs are exempt under India-Mauritius DTAA

    August 14, 2014

    The Delhi High Court has decided, in Zaheer Mauritius vs Director of Income Tax, that the sale of compulsory convertible debentures (CCDs) should be classified as capital gains and exempt under the India-Mauritius double tax treaty (DTT). The decision will mean most to real-estate taxpayers who use Mauritius to invest in India.

  • Phase II of AJAC may increase US litigation

    August 13, 2014

    Phase II of the Appeals Judicial Approach and Culture (AJAC) project in the US provides that the Appeals division of the Internal Revenue Service will not accept new cases unless there is at least 365 days remaining on the statute of limitations, but this may lead to more cases heading for litigation.

  • Brazil: Tax amnesty programme applied for Rio de Janeiro

    August 07, 2014

    The amnesty programme allows the waiver or reduction of penalties and interest relating to certain outstanding state tax obligations in a bid to increase tax revenue.

ITR Magazine

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  • Environmental fiscal reform: Windows of opportunity

    August 06, 2014

    Constanze Adolf, of Green Budget Europe, looks at environmental fiscal reform (EFR) in a post-crisis context, assessing the prospects for EFR to raise government revenue and promote the polluter-pays principle.

  • Convergence or divergence: New reporting standards in India

    August 06, 2014

    India has announced the adoption of IFRS converged standards for financial reporting and tax accounting standards for the computation of taxable income. Sai Venkateshwaran, partner and head of the accounting advisory services group at KPMG in India analyses the impact and challenges of these announcements.

  • International updates - July/August 2014

    July 11, 2014

    The latest international updates from our correspondents around the world.

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